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Nov. 17, 2005 • Volume 14 Number 6

Former English Prof. Siggins Dies

A funeral Mass was celebrated on Nov. 9 at Marian Manor Chapel in South Boston for Clarissa (Magee) Siggins, a well-loved former professor of English at Boston College who died Nov. 6. She was 97.

Prof. Siggins, a medieval literature scholar, was recalled by her former students for her attention to grammar and lively sense of humor during years on the faculty from 1955-74. She also introduced a number of prominent authors at campus literary forums and was a reviewer for the Boston Globe and other publications; her reviews were cited in the journal Contemporary Literary Criticism.

A native of Brooklyn, Prof. Siggins noted in her biographical information that she was educated in private schools and received her bachelor's and master of arts degrees from Columbia University. She earned her doctorate of philosophy in medieval studies at St. John's University.

Prof. Siggins leaves a sister, Matilda Walsh of Leonia, NJ, and a niece, Jane Kraemer of Edgewater, Md. Her husband Walter Siggins died in the early 1980s.

She was buried in St. Joseph Cemetery in West Roxbury.

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