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Melissa Homestead <[log in to unmask]>
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5 Bank Street: The Listserv for Willa Cather Scholars
Sun, 27 Sep 2009 16:08:14 -0500
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Dear Cather community,

Charles "Chuck" Mignon, an editor of the Willa Cather Scholarly Edition 
and Professor of English Emeritus at the University of Nebrasak-Lincoln, 
passed away on Friday morning. He suffered from a stroke on 
September 13th, and had been receiving hospice care in a local nursing 
home since then. Chuck was also undergoing cancer treatment, but until 
his stroke, he continued to show up every morning to work on the 
Scholarly Edition. 

I'm sure that many of you will want to write to Mary, Chuck's wife of 
nearly fifty years, who attended many Cather conferences with him. Her 
address is 128 N. 13th St., #608, Lincoln, NE 68508.

I am also reproducing below his obituary in the local paper, written by 
their sons, Paul and Taylor.


Melissa J. Homestead
Susan J. Rosowski Associate Professor of English
Interim Director of the Cather Project
University of Nebraska-Lincoln 

Charles William Mignon, Charles William Mignon, a scholar and editor of 
Early American literature and former professor emeritus of English at 
the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, died on Friday, September 25, 
2009 in Lincoln. He was 75 years old. Charles William Mignon, Jr. was 
born in Greenwich Village, New York City on 12/11/1933. He graduated 
from Kent School in 1952, received a bachelor's degree in English 
literature from Kenyon College in 1956 and served in the Air Force from 
1956-58. After receiving an MA in English from the University of 
Connecticut in 1959, he taught at the high school in St. Michaels, 
Maryland. Then, teaching as an instructor in the department of English 
at the University of Connecticut, he took a PhD in English and American 
literature in 1963. He taught at the University of Illinois (1963-67) and 
the University of Nebraska, Lincoln (1967-2000) from which he retired.
In 1972-73 he was the Senior Fulbright lecturer in American Literature 
at the University of Warsaw in Poland, in 1993 received the Anis 
Chaikin Sorenson Award for distinguished University teaching. He 
received the Nicholas Powell Award from the United States Tennis 
Association for tennis umpiring at the sectional level. He umpired 
tennis matches for many years, some at the professional level. With 
Professor John Murphy of Brigham Young University and the editors of 
the Cather Project a the University of Nebraska, he received the Ralph 
Emerson Twitchell Award In 2000 from the Historical Society of New 
Mexico for the Texture Edition of Scholarly Edition Volume of Death 
Comes for the Archbishop.
In addition to his wife, Mary Ann Killian Mignon, a retired secondary 
teacher of special education, Professor Mignon is survived by two sons: 
Paul Killian Mignon of Martell and Edward Taylor Mignon of Azusawa, 
Tokyo, Japan; and four grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held at a later date. Memorials are suggested 
to University of Nebraska Foundation. Butherus, Maser & Love Funeral 
Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be left @