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In Remembrance: Jack V. Haney

Submitted by Susanna J Westen on April 20, 2015 - 3:54pm

The Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures at the University of Washington grieves the passing on April 17, 2015 of Jack V. Haney, our friend, colleague, and former Chair. Jack earned his BA magna cum laude at the UW in 1962 and was a Rhodes Scholar at The Queen’s College, Oxford 1962-4. He went on to earn another BA, an MA and D.Phil at the University of Oxford. He began his career at the University of Washington in 1965 and served as its Chair twice, first for seven years in the 1970s and then for three more years, starting in the late 1990s. Until his retirement in autumn 2001, Jack taught medieval literature and folklore as well as 19th-century Russian literature, Russian language, and whatever else was necessary to thousands of students. After retirement – and until his death – he kept up his research and writing, with his most notable accomplishment being his seven-volume set, The Complete Russian Folktale. He is survived by his wife Barbara, daughter Gillian and son Andrew.

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