Douglas Radcliff-Umstead, a Baltimore native who was professor of Romance languages and literatures at Kent State University, was killed March 22 in the crash of a USAir jet taking off from La Guardia Airport in New York.
A memorial service for Dr. Radcliff-Umstead, who was 52, was held Monday on the campus in Kent, Ohio.
He was a graduate of Baltimore City College and, in 1960, of Johns Hopkins University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
He earned his doctorate in 1964 at the University of California at Berkeley.
Fluent in eight languages, he wrote on drama, film, women's studies and the Holocaust.
He is survived by his mother, Lulu Umstead of Kent; two brothers, Ronald and Gilbert Umstead, both of Catonsville; and a sister, Marlene Hetzel of Baltimore.