In Memoriam James J. Paxson
Jim Paxson's Memorial Service took place Tuesday,
February 15, 2011 at 2:30 p.m.
in the Ustler Hall Atrium.
On behalf of his family, his friends, and his colleagues, both here at the University of Florida and elsewhere in the larger world of Medieval Studies, I write, in great sadness, to report the death of Professor James J. Paxson on Wednesday, February 2, 2011.
A learned scholar and brilliant critic, with a prodigious vocabulary both historical and theoretical, Professor Paxson was a widely published student of many of the major writers of medieval literature, especially Chaucer and Langland. In addition to maintaining his schedule of distinguished publications, he was a dedicated teacher revered by his students both undergraduate and graduate and recognized by the College with a teaching award for his signal achievements in the classroom.
He was also a loving and caring husband to his wife Tammy and father to their children Margaret and John. He will be missed by all of us who have been the direct beneficiaries of his wit, friendliness, and fascinating erudition and conversation.
R. Allen Shoaf, Alumni Professor of English University of Florida, P.O. Box 117310, Gainesville, FL 32611-7310 Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities 1982-1983 & 1999-2000 Co-founding Editor, EXEMPLARIA (1987-2008) firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>; http://www.clas.ufl.edu/users/ras/