Donald E. Glover

Donald E. Glover

Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English Donald Ellsworth Glover died Aug. 18, 2020, from Alzheimer’s disease.

His entire teaching career was at the University of Mary Washington, where he was chair of the Department of English for three years and later served as director of the program for graduate studies. He helped to establish the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program, which was designed for nontraditional students. He was honored with the 1976 Grellet C. Simpson Award in recognition of excellence in undergraduate teaching.

Glover was born in Rochester, New York, and attended public schools in Falls Church, Virginia. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English in 1955 from the College of William & Mary and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

He and his wife, Alice W. Glover, were Fulbright Scholars for 15 months at the University of Adelaide, South Australia. He entered graduate studies at the University of Virginia in 1957 and received a Ph.D. in English in 1964. During a sabbatical at Oxford, England, in 1973, he wrote a book on the fantasy works of C. S. Lewis titled C.S. Lewis: The Art of Enchantment.

He was a longtime member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Fredericksburg, serving as a member of the vestry, junior warden, teacher, and in the outreach program.

He is survived by his wife, four children, six grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.

The family asks that memorials take the form of contributions to Trinity Episcopal Church outreach, 825 College Ave., Fredericksburg, VA 22401.

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