Funeral Held For English's Reiter

A funeral Mass was held Dec. 31 at St. Mary's Chapel for Robert Reiter, a former associate professor in the English Department who died Dec. 29 at St. Patrick's Manor in Framingham. He was 64.

Reiter began teaching at Boston College in 1964 as an assistant professor and obtained the rank of associate professor in 1970. He retired from the University last year. In 1968, he served as editor for Flannery O'Connor , the first collection of essays about the author to be published.

A 1954 graduate of St. Bonaventure University, Reiter earned master's and doctoral degrees in English from the University of Michigan. He was a long-standing member of the Modern Language Association of America and the Renaissance Society of America.

He is survived by his wife, Josephine, his brother, Edward, of Louisville, and three sons: Thomas, of Pittsburgh; Gregory, of O'Fallon, Ill.; and Edmund, of Watertown.

One of Reiter's former students, James Phelan '68, now a professor and English department chairman at the Ohio State University, recently announced his department has established an annual prize for critical analysis in Reiter's honor.


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