Scanning through the New York Times Books section, I came across an article about the death of one of my grad school professors, Douglas Day:
Douglas Day, a biographer and critic who won a National Book Award in 1974 for his life of the English novelist Malcolm Lowry, died on Oct. 10 in his home in Charlottesville, Va. He was 72.
Dr. Day, who had a debilitating stroke in February, committed suicide, his daughter, Emily Day Whitworth, said….
He was a kind man and an enjoyable professor. Unlike many of my UVa professors, he patiently discussed my work with me and didn’t seem the least perturbed when I stopped by his office to ask him a question or two. How terribly sad that his life had to end in such an abrupt and violent way.