The university community mourns the death of French literature professor Allan Pasco


LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas community mourns the death of a longtime professor Allan Pascodied October 12 at age 84.

Pasco, Hall Professor Emeritus of 19th-Century Literature in the Department of French, Francophone, and Italian Studies, was on sabbatical this semester as he worked on writing three scholarly papers and launching his next book project.

“Professor Pasco was a dedicated scholar who made many contributions to improving the lives of members of our community during his more than three decades as a researcher and teacher here,” said Chancellor Douglas A. Girod. “On behalf of our university, I offer my sincere condolences to his family, friends, and all who knew him at KU.”

Pasco joined KU in 1989 with academic interests in critical theory, literature and culture of 18th, 19th and 20th century France. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on French literature and other subjects.

Pasco was a prolific scholar, having published dozens of articles and nearly a dozen books while receiving numerous professional honors, said Bruce Hayes, professor and chair of the department of French, Francophone and Italian studies.

Among Pasco’s accolades at KU were a Chancellor’s Outstanding Mentor Award and being honored as an Outstanding Teacher by the Center for Teaching Excellence.

“In addition to his scholarship, he was a dedicated teacher and mentor, providing training and guidance to many students during his time at KU,” Hayes said. “He leaves behind a monumental legacy of scholarship and mentorship and will be missed by those whose lives he touched.”

A public celebration of Pasco’s life will be announced at a later date.


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