Dr. Martin E. Gingerich, professor emeritus of English, died Oct. 19. He was 84.
Gingerich, of Buckley, Michigan, joined the WMU faculty in 1968 and retired in 1990 after more than 21 years of service to the University.
He conducted research in the Wales while on sabbatical leave in 1977-78. His book, W.H. Auden: A Reference Guide, was published in 1977.
Many of his journal articles focused on Dylan Thomas, a Welsh poet and writer. This work and other scholarly writings were published in the Anglo Welsh Review, the Minnesota English Journal, Modern Poetry Studies and Notes on Contemporary Literature.
Gingerich was a member of the Dylan Thomas Society, Swansea, Wales, and London branches; the Modern Language Association and Midwest Modern Language Association.
Prior to coming to WMU, he was an assistant professor of English at Ohio University in 1967-68 and an assistant professor and instructor in the same discipline in Pennsylvania from 1961 to 1964.
He earned a bachelor's degree from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania in 1959, a master's degree from the University of Maine in 1961 and a doctoral degree from Ohio University in 1967.
Services have taken place.
The family obituary and a message book are available online at obits.mlive.com/obituaries/kalamazoo as well through the Covell Funeral Home in Kingsley, Michigan, through the dignitymemorial.com website.