It with with deep regret and sorrow that I learned of the death of my close
friend, Howard Baetzhold. During the several years that Howard and I
worked on The Bible According to Mark Twain, I came not only to appreciate
his great mind, but to value him even more as a friend, who not only taught
me much about Mark Twain, but even more importantly the value of
generosity. During our trips to Elmira, we took long genial walks, along
with our spouses, getting to know Mark Twain better, and even more
importantly, getting to know one another. Along with so many other Mark
Twain scholars, I hold a special place in my heart for Howard.
On Mon, Jul 23, 2012 at 10:29 AM, Barbara Snedecor <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
> Dr. Howard G. Baetzhold passed away at home in Indianapolis on July 7,
> 2012. A graduate of Brown University and the University of
> Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Baetzhold served on the English faculty of
> Butler University from 1953-88 and from 1981-1985 was head of its
> English department. In 1981, he was named the Rebecca Clifton Reade
> Professor of English Emeritus and in 1988 was named a prestigious
> Sagamore of the Wabash (1988) by Indiana Governor Robert D. Orr.
> Dr. Baetzhold's publications include Mark Twain and John Bull: The
> British Connection (Indiana,1970) and, with Joseph B. McCullough, The
> Bible According to Mark Twain: Writings of Heaven, Eden, and the Flood
> (University of Georgia Press, 1995) and The Bible According to Mark
> Twain (Touchstone Books, 1996).
> At Elmira 2001: The Fourth International Conference on the State of
> Mark Twain Studies, Dr. Baetzhold received the Henry Nash Smith Award
> recognizing his lasting contributions to Mark Twain Studies. Dr.
> Baetzhold and his wife, Nancy, who preceded him in death in 2011, have
> two children, Howard King Baetzhold and Barbara Millard Baetzhold
> Dr. Baetzhold was born in Buffalo, NY, on January 1, 1923. A Memorial
> Service will be held on Saturday, September 8, 2012 from 6:00 - 8:00
> p.m. in The Johnson Room in Robertson Hall at Butler University, 4600
> Sunset Lane, Indianapolis, IN 46208.