Leonard Lutwack, 90

Literature professor

April 10, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Dr. Leonard Isaac Lutwack, an American literary historian who taught at the University of Maryland, College Park for more than three decades, died of heart failure April 1 at Keswick Multi-Care Center. He was 90.

Dr. Lutwack was born and raised in Hartford, Conn. He earned a bachelor's degree in English from Wesleyan University in 1939 and a master's degree in English from the Middletown, Conn., university in 1940.

He served as a medic in the Army Medical Corps in England and Ireland from 1942 until his discharge in 1945.

Dr. Lutwack taught at the University of Maine at Orono before joining the faculty at the Ohio State University in 1946. He earned his doctorate at Ohio State in 1950.

He came to College Park in 1950, where he taught courses in American literature and literary criticism until he retired in 1982.

Dr. Lutwack, who wrote widely, was the author of Heroic Fiction: The Epic Tradition and American Novels of the Twentieth Century, The Role of Place in Literature and Birds in Literature as well as numerous scholarly articles and monographs.

The former University Park resident, who had lived in Towson since 2000, was an avid birdwatcher and tennis player.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. April 18 at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, the former Ruth Taylor; a daughter, Penelope S. Fallon of Lutherville; and two grandchildren.

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