Perry Gethner Obituary, Death – It is with profound sadness that the Department of Languages and Literatures announces the passing of its former head, Dr. Perry Gethner. A distinguished scholar and leader, Dr. Gethner’s contributions to academia and his enduring impact on the department will be remembered with deep respect and admiration.
A graduate of Carlton College and Yale University, Dr. Gethner brought a wealth of knowledge and passion for languages and literature to Ohio State University (OSU). Joining the university as an assistant professor in 1984, he quickly became an integral part of the academic community, known for his commitment to excellence in teaching and research.
Dr. Gethner’s academic journey was marked by a genuine dedication to the pursuit of knowledge, and his scholarly achievements garnered the respect of colleagues and students alike. His leadership as the head of the Department of Languages and Literatures was characterized by a visionary approach, fostering an environment of intellectual curiosity and academic growth.
Beyond his academic accomplishments, Dr. Gethner’s warmth and mentorship touched the lives of many. Colleagues fondly remember his ability to inspire and guide, creating a supportive atmosphere that encouraged both personal and professional development.
As we mourn the loss of a distinguished academic and compassionate mentor, the Department of Languages and Literatures extends its condolences to Dr. Gethner’s family. His legacy will endure in the halls of OSU, and the impact of his contributions to the field of languages and literature will continue to shape the minds of future scholars. In this time of grief, we honor Dr. Perry Gethner’s memory and express gratitude for the indelible mark he left on our academic community.