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Kenneth Hovey
Kenneth Hovey

UTSA Associate Professor Kenneth Hovey dies May 25

By Mark Allen
UTSA Professor of English, Classics and Philosophy

(May 30, 2006)--Kenneth Alan Hovey, a teacher, scholar and longtime resident of Boerne and San Antonio, died Thursday, May 25 at Christus Santa Rosa Hospital in San Antonio.

Born October 17, 1945, Hovey was a UTSA associate professor of English literature with a B.A. from Cornell University (1967), an M.A from the Graduate Theological Union (1970), and an M.A. (1973) and Ph.D. (1982) from the University of Virginia.

Hovey taught at the University of Cincinnati, North Carolina Wesleyan College and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and came to UTSA in 1984 with a specialization in early modern British (Renaissance) literature.

He taught a broad range of courses and topics including Shakespeare, Milton, the Bible as literature, Edgar Allan Poe, the Renaissance idea of humanity, the literature of the American West, Jeffersonian America, the Literature of Scotland, the Byronic hero, Washington Irving and American regionalism.

Hovey's love of literature inspired his students and his colleagues, and he challenged all who knew him with sharp questions and rigorous precision. His scholarly accomplishments include essays on Francis Bacon, Poe, Milton, George Herbert, Owen Wister, Cotton Mather and others.

In addition to literature, Hovey loved music, Renaissance art, flowers and gardening, baking and preserves. He was deeply committed to the simple beauties of life, deeply learned and deeply religious. After long study and a brief catechesis, he joined the congregation of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Boerne in Spring 2005.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ruby and Charles Hovey, and is survived by a sister, Barbara Hovey, and her two daughters, Maria Divoky and Devona Siron, and by a brother, Lyn Hovey, and his son, Danny Hovey. Additionally, he is survived by a special and longtime friend, Helen Eisaman, Kerrville, who was with him when he died.

A visitation for family and friends will be at 7 p.m., Monday, June 5 at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, 202 West Kronkosky St. (at Main Street), Boerne. A funeral mass will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 6 at St. Peter's.

Friends are invited to commemorate Hovey by making donations in his name to The Memorial Book Fund, UTSA Libraries, One UTSA Circle, San Antonio, Texas 78249-1644.

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