Remembering Shakespearean ‘Jim’ De Catur

Colleagues, friends, and family members will gather to remember Jim De Catur, professor of English emeritus, and beloved Shakespearean, Friday at 3 p.m. in Bomberger Auditorium, with a reception following immediately in Berman Upper Gallery.

Professor Louis Aubrey De Catur, known as Jim, died suddenly of natural causes June 9, in Gdansk, Poland, after enjoying a trip to Scandinavia.

He taught Shakespeare and literature at Ursinus for 30 years, from 1970-2000. On campus he acted in theater productions and sang in the college choir. Jim developed a love of Chinese and Japanese literature, and studied Chinese language, as well as teaching, as an exchange professor at Tohoku Gakuin University in Sendai, Japan, in 1989 and 1994.  He also spent summers studying at Columbia, Stanford, and Oxford, England.

Raised in Washington, D.C., he graduated through the ROTC program with a degree in English literature from the University of Maryland, returning later for his M.A. and Ph.D. While writing his thesis he taught English at the U.S. Naval Academy.

In retirement, Jim developed a hobby of collecting early American furniture, culminating in the business venture Louis of Lewes at Practically Yours Antiques in Lewes, Del.

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