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Ivan A. Schulman

(1931 - 2020)

Click here to read testimonies about Professor Schulman along with his full obituary compiled by Jose Gomariz. 

Click here to download a PDF of the complete In Memoriam published in Revista Iberoamericana.

Carlos Alberto Solé

(1935 - 2020)

Carlos Alberto Sole Jr., Professor Emeritus in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Texas at Austin, passed away on January 7, 2020 at his home in Houston, Texas. 

Click here to read his full obituary written by Elizabeth Willingham.


Vernon A. Chamberlin

(1924 - 2020)

The distinguished scholar of 19th century Spanish literature, Vernon Chamberlin, died at age 95 on January 25, 2020. At the time of his death he was Professor of Spanish Emeritus at the University of Kansas. Vernon received his BA from Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas and his MA and PhD from the University of Kansas. His dissertation, written under William Shoemaker, was on blind characters in the novels of Galdós. Before his definitive arrival at the University of Kansas, Vernon had taught in public and private high schools, at UCLA, and at Oklahoma State University.

Vernon was the author of the books Galdós and Beethoven: Fortunata y Jacinta: A Symphonic Novel (Tamesis) and the retrospective “The Perils of Interpreting Fortunata’s Dream”and Other Studies in Galdós (Juan de la Cuesta). He co-authored (with William Bull) Clarín: The Critic in Action (Oklahoma State UP) and (with Iván Schulman) La Revista Ilustrada de Nueva York: History, Anthology and Index of Literary Selections (U of Missouri P). Vernon was an internationally known interpreter of Galdós. He published some 100 articles and as many reviews on Galdós and his contemporaries: Pardo Bazán, Clarín, Valera, Pereda, Blasco Ibáñez, and Palacio Valdés. His principal focuses were name, color, and animal symbolism; word plays; novelistic structure; dreams; and the relationship between fiction and music. Knowing both German and Russian, he published various articles and reviews of German and Russian books on Galdós. He was for a time book review editor of Anales Galdosianos. He was editor of the 1970 monographic number of Hispania dedicated to Galdós. Though much of his work involved Galdós’s novelas contemporáneas, in his final years he also was publishing studies on the late episodios nacionales. His final study appeared in 2019, but he was working on others. A book chapter is soon to appear.

Vernon was a gentle, patient (and very often humorous) man who loved his wife and family, vacationing often in the mountains of Colorado. The hobby he shared with his wife Marilyn was compiling family genealogies. He spent countless hours each week in the library, but he made time for church and civic involvement. His students found him easy to get along with, but he was insistent upon the need for rigorously used bibliographies. He did not tolerate a student “going it alone” or basing an argument on textually unsubstantiated hunches. He always patiently outlined things and searched for the evidence before he wrote. Honesty was his watchword. He was not ashamed of asking for help, and he had the kindness to acknowledge his helpers in his published studies. After his own students graduated, he took an interest in their work and helped them with sources if they asked him. He was not afraid to tell you if your ideas seemed wrong, but he did not berate you for your lack of knowledge. He soon became the true friend that you wanted to work with.

Written by Tom Franz, Ohio University


Dr. Robert Cabat

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Dr. James Ray Chatham

(11 November 1931 - 12 August 2019)


Dr. James Ray Chatham, 87, passed away on Monday, August 12, 2019.  A Memorial Service will be 2pm Thursday, August 15, 2019, at Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, 105 N. Montgomery St, Starkville, MS 39759.

James Ray Chatham was born in Caryville, FL on November 11, 1931, to Clifton Lee Chatham and Sadie Mae McMinn Chatham.  He was a parishioner at Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Starkville, MS. 

Dr. Chatham was department head of Foreign languages at Mississippi State University from 1964-1983 and Executive Director at The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese from 1984-1993.  After his retirement he taught at MUW in Columbus and EMCC for many years. 

He enjoyed taking walks, seeing the beauty of large bodies of water and watching birds.

Survivors include his daughter, Stephanie (Joey) Engelman; sister, Joyce Purdue; grandchildren, Amanda Allen, Sarah (Tyler) Weeks and Alexander Allen; and several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Nina McCoy Chatham; parents, Clifton and Sadie Chatham and brothers, Phillip Chatham and Thomas Chatham. 

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Click here to read the obituary posted by Mark del Mastro of Sigma Delta Pi


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