Two distinguished faculty members
expert Cecil Lang
Cecil Y. Lang, professor emeritus of English
and a noted editor of Victorian letters, died Feb.15 at the age
of 85. He was a scholar and teacher for 25 years until his retirement
spent 20 years of painstaking research resulting in a multi-volume
publication of all the known letters of Matthew Arnold, one of
the 19th centurys greatest cultural figures. The publication
presented about 4,000 fully annotated letters.
Letters of Matthew Arnold, when published in its full six
volumes in the University Press of Virginias Victorian Literature
and Culture series, not only shed new light on a major Victorian
poet and the major literary critics of his time, but also added
to a fuller understanding of the era.
was one of a small group of scholars who transformed the standards
of editorial practice in literary studies. Other chief works were
monumental editions of the correspondence of the poet Algernon
Charles Swinburne, and the laureate Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Lang
published 20 volumes during his career. He later became known
as The Prince of Editors. In England, he was elected
a member of the British Academy and a fellow of the Royal Society
native of North Carolina, he earned his undergraduate and masters
degrees from Duke University in 1941 and 1942, respectively. In
1949 he earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University.
coming to U.Va. in 1966, he taught at Yale, the Claremont Graduate
School, Syracuse University and the University of Chicago.
memorial service will be held at a later date.
Longtime archivist Francis Berkeley
Lewis Berkeley Jr., 91, University archivist and professor emeritus
who was instrumental in developing the library,
died Feb. 19 at his home in Charlottesville.
who retired in 1974, was cited numerous times for his outstanding
service to the library, in particular his efforts to develop and
enrich its manuscript resources.
Berkeley was a man of enormous substance, character and grace,
said William H. Fishback Jr., former associate vice president
for University Relations. He put the University first in
all that he did as archivist and later as assistant to President
Albemarle County native, Berkeley received his bachelors
and masters degrees from U.Va. He joined the faculty in
1938 as the Universitys first curator of manuscripts.
was named to a new post as executive assistant to President Shannon
in 1963. He also served as secretary of the Board of Visitors.
established the University Press of Virginia and insisted on its
being a statewide press sheltered by U.Va. but dedicated to service
as a scholarly publishing house serving all of Virginias
institutions. Berkeley also helped to create the principal documentary
publications of the new press, The Papers of James Madison and
The Papers of George Washington.
curator, Berkeley devised a cataloguing system based on the British
Museums Catalogue of Additional Manuscripts, and he began
the creation of a central archives for the University. Berkeley
received the Raven Society Award in 1973 for distinguished service
to the University.
memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.