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Richard Alan Grant

Richard Alan Grant, professor emeritus of English at the University of Minnesota, Morris, died Aug. 8. 2011, eight days after his 84th birthday.

He was born in Springfield, Mass., the son of Clifford and Beatrice Rollins Grant. He spent his summers as a youth at Ocean Park, Maine, where his great-great-great-grandfather built the first cottage.

He joined the Navy at age 17, serving on a minesweeper in Tokyo Harbor.

He graduated from Colby College in Maine and received his master's at Cornell University. He was studying for a doctorate in English literature at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, when he was hired at the Morris campus, starting there in 1962, the school's third year. He taught in the English Department until his retirement in 1992. He started the first campus film program and served on the library committee, where he helped shaped the selection of periodicals and books for many years.

He donated the core of his own library to the university. He was an omnivorous reader all his life, and had great enthusiasm for art, travel and the natural world. He held a falconry permit and helped rehabilitate wounded raptors.

He became attached to the pine-scented buttes of northwestern South Dakota and returned with his family to Harding County year after year to camp and birdwatch. His curiosity never flagged. "We love and miss him."

Survived by his children Margaret Evenson (Craig), Alison, Elizabeth and Nicolas Grant(Mary), his grandson William, and his longtime companion, Betty Atkinson. Preceded in death by his former wife Lilith, his friend Jim Gremmels, his parents and his sister Patricia Bear (John). Burial at Summit Cemetery in Morris.