Letter from Provost Marilyn Schuster
I am deeply saddened to
report that Paul Alpers, husband of President Carol Christ
and professor-in-residence in the department of English language
and literature, died Sunday evening after a battle with cancer.
Paul was a distinguished scholar, a faculty colleague, and
friend to the Smith community. He served as an unofficial
ambassador for Smith, cherishing the friendships he made
with many Smith alumnae from around the world.
Paul received the A.B., A.M.,
and Ph. D. from Harvard University. For 38 years, he was
a member of the English department at the University of California,
Berkeley; upon retirement, he held the title Class of 1942
Professor of English Emeritus. After coming to Smith, he
took and helped to teach classes in Classics and continued
to offer guest lectures in his field of Renaissance literature.
He leaves his sons, Benjamin
Alpers and Nicholas Alpers; his stepchildren, Elizabeth Sklute
and Jonathan Sklute; and his brothers, David Alpers and Edward
Information regarding a memorial
service will be forthcoming.
Provost and Dean of the Faculty