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Scholar Trevor Howard-Hill passes away

Jun 13, 2011 3:00 AM
Professor Trevor Howard-Hill, C. Wallace Martin Professor of English, Emeritus, who taught at USC from 1972-1999, died unexpectedly at his home in Columbia on Wednesday, June 1, at age 77.

Trevor Howard-Hill, left, attended the Thomas
Cooper Medal Society award dinner in April.
Robert Patterson, retired history professor
and 2006-07 president of the
Thomas Cooper Society, is at right.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on July 28 at Rutledge Chapel on the University's Horseshoe. A lunch for family and friends will follow at McCutchen House.

Howard-Hill is perhaps best-known to researchers and librarians for his mammoth Index to British Literary Bibliography (11 vols, 1969-2009) and to Shakespeare scholars for his pioneering work in literary computing in the 1960s, which resulted in the Oxford Shakespeare Concordances (37 vols, 1969-1973).

Since 1994 he had edited the senior U.S.-based bibliographic journal, the quarterly Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, founded in 1904. When he retired from the English Department in 1999, the journal office moved to Thomas Cooper Library, the journal’s address of record for the past twelve years.

In his department, he had served as chair in 1990-91, and within the wider university he had served as chair of the Graduate Council. His research was recognized by USC with the Education Foundation Research Award, and nationally with NEH and Guggenheim Fellowships.