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Herbert S. Scott

Feb. 14, 2006

Herbert S. Scott, professor emeritus of English at Western Michigan University, died Feb. 12 at the Siteman Center in St. Louis. He was 75.

Scott served as a professor of English from 1968 to 1998, when he was named the Gwen Frostic Professor of Creative Writing. He retired in 2004. Before coming to WMU, Scott was an instructor at Southeast Missouri State College from 1966 to 1968.

Scott is the founding editor of the literary press, New Issues Poetry & Prose. The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs, Scott is the author of such acclaimed books of poetry as "Disguises," "Groceries" and "Durations." His most recent book, "Sleeping Woman," was published by Carnegie Mellon University Press.

Earlier this year, a musical presentation inspired by poems in "Sleeping Woman" was staged in Dalton Center Recital Hall.

"From his first year at Western in 1968, he touched so many lives for the better, as teacher, mentor, editor and friend," says Dr. Arnie Johnston, chair of the WMU Department of English. "Up until days before his passing, he was hard at work on the latest batch of manuscripts for New Issues Press, which he founded, served as editor, and molded into one of the nation's outstanding literary presses, and which he assured would offer training in editing and publishing to departmental graduate students."

Scott earned a bachelor's degree from Fresno State College in 1964 and master's degree from the University of Iowa in 1966.

A memorial service at Western Michigan University is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday, March 25, in Kanley Chapel. A reception will follow at 5 p.m. in the Lee Honors College.

Memorial gifts may be made to New Issues Press through the WMU Foundation, Kalamazoo MI 49008-5403. Memorial gifts also may be made to the School of Art & Design Challenge Grant at Southern Illinois University through the SIU Foundation, Carbondale IL 62901-2594.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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