To: The St. Lawrence Community
From: William L. Fox, President
Date: August 2, 2013
Subject: In Memory: Associate Professor Emeritus Richard Kepes
The Laurentian community has lost a beloved teacher and scholar, Emeritus Associate Professor of English Richard Kepes, who died Thursday morning, August 1. He was 86.
Dick Kepes taught at St. Lawrence for 23 years, from 1966 to 1989 and was admired for his intelligence and gentle wit. He was one of our leading advocates for international studies. In addition to courses in English and journalism, Dick taught Japanese language and literature. He directed St. Lawrence’s international program in Japan, and hosted scholars and journalists from Japan in their visits to Canton.
A graduate of Harvard University, with his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from that institution, Dick taught high school for several years before receiving a Fulbright Grant to study in Japan, one of several visits he made to that nation he said he came to know and admire.
Memorial Service arrangements are incomplete with the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton.
I send sincere condolences to Joan Kepes, their children, family, alumni, faculty friends and all who mourn Dick’s death. Our Memorial Web site will allow your reflections and memorials.