Dennis B. Quinn 1925 - 2011 Eudora
Mass of Christian Burial for Dennis B. Quinn, 82, Eudora, will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday at St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center in Lawrence. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery.
He died Tuesday, March 15, 201,1 at Medicalodges in Eudora.
Mr. Quinn was born Oct. 3, 1928, in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of Herbert and Thelma Warren Quinn.
He was a veteran of the United States Army and was stationed in Japan. He had been Lawrence-area resident since the mid-1950s.
He attended Creighton University and the University of Wisconsin. He earned his doctorate degree in English and comparative literature in 1958. As a Fulbright Scholar, Mr. Quinn did research for several years in Holland and Spain and also with the Ruth Baldwin Children’s Collection at the University of Florida.
He was director of Pearson College and of the Integrated Humanities Program at Kansas University. In connection with the program, Mr. Quinn led two groups of students in Greece and Italy and another group in Ireland for a semester.
Mr. Quinn had numerous honors, including the 1965 H. Bernard Fink teacher of the year award and the 1975 Hope Award. He had many articles published in scholarly journals. His book “Iris Exiled: A Synoptic History of Wonder” was published in 2002.
He was an instructor in the English department at KU from 1956 to 1960 and an assistant professor from 1960 to 1968. He later was granted tenure and was an English professor until he retired in May 2006.
He was a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center.
Mr. Quinn married Eva Mae Jensen on Aug. 13, 1952, in Omaha, Neb. She preceded him in death on Feb. 28, 2006.
Survivors include two daughters, Monica Sercer and husband Terry, Fort Scott, and Alison Quinn, Lawrence; a son, Timothy, Shawnee Mission; a daughter-in-law, Marilee Quinn, Lawrence; two brothers, Daniel and Eddie; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A parish rosary will be said Thursday at 6 p.m. with a visitation to follow at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.
The family suggests memorials to the Sancta Maria School in Eudora, to St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center or to Clear Creek Monastery in Hulbert, Okla., sent in care of the mortuary, 120 W. 13th St., Lawrence, KS 66044.
Online condolences may be sent at warrenmcelwain.com.