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Professor Emeritus Howard Kalwies Passed Away November 9

November 19, 2007

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MACOMB, IL - - Howard H. Kalwies, 71, a Western Illinois University professor emeritus, died Nov. 9 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL, following a massive heart attack. A memorial service was held Nov. 15 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Macomb.

Kalwies (Kow weese) came to Western in 1967 as a French Renaissance literature and civilization professor. In 1987, he transferred to the communication arts and sciences department where he was a recipient of the prestigious Wayne N. Thompson Professorship. He wrote numerous scholarly journal articles about French Renaissance literature, foreign language learning as well as management communication and the book, "Hugues Salel, His Life and Works" (Applied Literature Press, 1979). Fluent in French, Italian and Latin, Kalwies had received three National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships and the Ludwig Vogelstein Prize in Paris. He retired from Western in 1996.

Born in German, Kalwies immigrated to the United State. He served five years as a translator in France for the U.S. Army.

Surviving are his wife, Lois; five children; three grandchildren; a brother and a sister; and several nieces and nephews.

Kalwies earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at Brigham Young University. He earned a Ph.D. in French from the University of Kentucky and a Ph.D. in communications from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Perpetual Education Fund or the Mission Fund through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 2000 W. Adams St., Macomb, IL 61455.

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