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In Memoriam - Philip Levine 1928-2015

PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2015 3:48 pm
by madona
With the passing of Mr. Philip Levine, emeritus professor of English at Fresno State and former United States poet laureate, the university lost a legendary colleague, mentor and friend.

As a memorial tribute to Mr. Levine, I have directed the University’s national and state flags to be flown at half-staff on Thursday, Feb. 26.

Phil Levine was a gifted poet and teacher whose legacy is clearly seen in his many Fresno State students who themselves went on to be teachers and published poets. As a plain speaking, working class poet, his sensibility resonated with Valley students, who gravitated to him as a teacher and mentor.

We cherish his memory and will miss his poetic voice.

On behalf of the university, I express my condolences to his wife, Frances, and the entire family, his colleagues in the English Department, his former students and his friends throughout the world.

-- Dr. Joseph I. Castro, President

Please see the links below for more about Mr. Levine and remembrances from around the world

http://www.fresnostatenews.com/2015/02/ ... ies-at-87/
http://www.fresnostatenews.com/2015/02/ ... ne-feb-26/