From: Michael McGaha [[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Saturday, August 02, 2014 10:45
To: Lauer, A Robert
Subject: Re: Pésames adicionales: Tristes noticias: Vern G. Williamsen

Dear Amy,

I was very sorry to hear of your father's death.  Vern was someone whom I deeply admired, both as a scholar and as a human being.  May his memory be a blessing for you and your family.

Michael McGaha

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Date: Saturday, August 2, 2014 8:24 AM
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Subject: FW: Pésames adicionales: Tristes noticias: Vern G. Williamsen

From: Fausta Antonucci [[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Saturday, August 02, 2014 09:54
To: Lauer, A Robert
Subject: R: Pésames: Tristes noticias: Vern G. Williamsen

Me gustaría sumarme a los pésames de los colegas que ya han escrito sobre la muerte de Vern Williamsen, para comentar que, aunque nunca he llegado a conocerle personalmente, para mí ha sido un punto de referencia inexcusable por sus estudios pioneros sobre la importancia de la métrica en la construcción del significado de las obras teatrales áureas, y por su labor como editor de los numerosos textos que quiso poner “en abierto” en la web (ahora AHCT) cuando todavía esta disposición a compartir conocimientos en la Red no había cundido tanto como ahora. Gracias por todo.


Fausta Antonucci


Dipartimento di Lingue, Letterature e Culture straniere

Università Roma Tre

Via del Valco di San Paolo, 19

00146 Roma





Da: COLOQUIO: TEATRO DE LOS SIGLOS DE ORO [mailto:[log in to unmask]] Per conto di Lauer, A Robert
Inviato: sabato 2 agosto 2014 16.12
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Oggetto: FW: Pésames: Tristes noticias: Vern G. Williamsen


NB de ARL: Recibí estos dos pésames para la lista de [log in to unmask]. Añado el mío al final, que por estar viajando me fue imposible añadir antes.


Thomas A Oconnor [[log in to unmask]]
 Lauer, A. Robert




Thursday, July 31, 2014 13:41

Vern was always the perfect gentleman, good & generous friend, in addition to being an outstanding scholar who contributed immeasurably to our profession. Rather than mourn his passing, I celebrate a life well lived.


Thomas A. O'Connor



From: calisto2000 [[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Thursday, July 31, 2014 11:12
To: Lauer, A Robert
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Subject: Re:Fwd: Tristes noticias: Vern G. Williamsen

Los trabajos del Maestro Williamsen han sido cruciales para mi investigación sobre el verso dramático. Descanse en paz.

Saludos afectuosos.

Leonor Fernández Guillermo


Pésame de ARL:

Vern G. Williamsen fue uno de los primeros hispanistas del teatro áureo que conocí, ya hace tiempo, en el primer congreso internacional sobre Calderón celebrado en Lincoln, Nebrasla, EEUU. Desde ese primer encuentro me di cuenta de la generosidad y benevolencia de Vern. En efecto, Vern me hizo sentir desde ese momento inicial como parte de una bella y calurosa familia de comediantes.  En lo académico, Vern ha sido quien más me ha inspirado, precisamente por sus estudios sobre la métrica. Si hay alguna «verdad» poética tangible, está ahí, expresada en ese metro, esa rima, esa cadencia. Gracias, Vern, por tus estudios, tu inspiración, tu generosidad, tu benevolencia.

Y gracias, Amy, por ser quien eres.


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Fecha: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 04:55:12 +0000

Asunto: Fwd: Tristes noticias: Vern G. Williamsen


> Nb: this is extremely sad news.





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> -------- Original message --------

> From: Amy Williamsen

> Date:07/31/2014 3:54 AM (GMT+01:00)

> To: Sharon Voros , "S.P. Garcia" , Mancing Howard , Charles Ganelin , "Ellen M. Anderson" , Ellen Anderson / Tim Wiebe , "Campbell, Gwyn" , Donna Campbell , "Bruce R. Burningham" , Ben Gunter , Harley Erdman , Valerie Hegstrom , [log in to unmask], [log in to unmask], Isaac Benabu , Bob Johnston , "Larson, Catherine" , Catherine Connor , "Lauer, A Robert" , "Weimer, Christopher" , Barbara Mujica , "Emilie L. BERGMANN"

> Subject: Tristes noticias: Vern G. Williamsen



Dr. Vern G. Williamsen, founding member of AHCT, passed away at his daughter’s home in Oak Ridge, North Carolina, after a prolonged illness on Tuesday, July 29th surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his wife of over 55 years, Clara, his brother Paul, his daughters Amy and Tora, and his two grandsons, Erik and Pablo. He remained sharp and lucid until his final moments; his love for the comedia and his fellow comediantes never wavered. In fact, on Sunday evening, he spent a pleasant hour animatedly conversing with a new friend who had just discovered the comedia through the introductory chapter to his Twayne book on the minor dramatists, which included what our father considered one of his most important contributions to our field: his insights into the dramatic structure of the comedia. He will also be remembered for his artful translations of Spanish classical theater and his pioneering work to make comedias available online.

In a letter he wished to share with friends and family, he summarized his life as follows:

Who would have expected that the skinny little know-it-all pest whose greatest dream was the seemingly impossible goal of becoming a teacher could possibly accomplish what my luck has brought me? I have lived a longer and more productive life than most others I have known and I wish you all the same fate. Just remember that I was able to pursue two basic interests in my life, Spanish Language and Literature and my first love, Music and, at the same time pass on those interests for generations to come. I have not died since my spirit ripples on into eternity. With love to all, Vern

In accordance with his wishes, we will schedule a celebration of his life later this year in Tucson, Arizona where he earned his M.A. from the University of Arizona, studying with the indomitable Miss Ruth Lee Kennedy. After retiring from the University of Missouri Columbia, he and his wife later retired there, spending over 22 years in the Old Pueblo. In lieu of flowers, our family requests that donations be made either to Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro or AHCT (


Our heartfelt thanks to all of you who have already written us, and to those of you who have kept us in your thoughts.  Please share this news as you see fit.

Abrazos fuertes,


> Amy


Amy R. Williamsen, Ph.D.

Department Head and Professor of Hispanic Studies
Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
2332 Moore Humanities and Research Building