Hugh Kirkpatrick (’48, ’49 MA, ’76 Ph.D), 89, Professor Emeritus of English, died July 24 in Denton. Kirkpatrick worked at North Texas from 1961 to 1992, becoming an assistant professor of English and associate dean and acting dean of the graduate school.
He studied linguistics at Georgetown University and published articles on medieval literature and language. He served in the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division in World War II. He later worked as a foreign service officier with the U.S. Information Service in embassies including Beirut, Lebanon; Tehran, Iran; Damascus, Syria; Amman, Jordan; and Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
He earned his degrees in English at North Texas, and as a bachelor’s student, he met his wife, Lina Briggs Kirkpatrick (’46), who died Aug. 24. They were both founding members of the Denton Bach Society and participated in many musical organizations in the area.