University community mourns the death of French literature professor Allan Pasco


LAWRENCE – University of Kansas community mourns death of longtime professor Allan Pasco, who died on October 12 at the age of 84.

Pasco, professor emeritus of 19th-century literature in the Department of French, Francophone and Italian Studies, was on sabbatical this semester while working on the writing of three scientific papers and at the start of his next book project.

“Professor Pasco was a dedicated researcher 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 everyone who knew him at KU.”

Pasco joined KU in 1989 with academic interests in the 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 also receiving numerous professional accolades, said Bruce Hayes, professor and chair of the French, French and Italian studies department.

Among Pasco’s accolades at KU were the Chancellor’s Outstanding Mentor Award and the Outstanding Teacher Award 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,” said Hayes. “He leaves behind a monumental legacy of scholarship and mentoring 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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