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John Miles Foley, 1947-2012

Thursday, May 3, 2012   (10 Comments)
Posted by: Tim Lloyd
John Miles Foley, internationally recognized scholar of comparative oral tradition and founder of the journal Oral Tradition, passed away today, May 3, 2012, in Columbia, Missouri. His obituary can be found here:


Milbre E. Burch says...
Posted Tuesday, May 8, 2012
I'm still reeling from this news. Like many others, I will remember John Miles Foley as a remarkable scholar, an engaging professor, and a kind and generous man.
Bonnie D. Irwin says...
Posted Saturday, May 5, 2012
An inspired scholar, wonderful teacher, and generous friend. He was so very proud of the accomplishments his students made to the study of verbal art in all its forms. HIs own work and his enthusiasm for our discipline will continue to inspire us all.
Judith Neulander says...
Posted Friday, May 4, 2012
I'm so sorry to hear this! In addition to being a wonderful scholar, John was a wonderful person. This is a great loss to the scholarly community and to everyone lucky enough to have known him. Judith Neulander
Wolfgang Mieder says...
Posted Friday, May 4, 2012
This is a sad loss for the international community of epic scholars. John was here on the campus of the University of Vermont just a few moths ago. Of course, he presented a superb lecture, and we had a wonderful dinner afterwards. His scholarship was acknoweldged throughout the world, and he made an invaluable contribution to epic studies. His work will live on as we carry him as our firend in our minds and hearts for the rest of our lives. Wolfgang Mieder
Lee Haring says...
Posted Friday, May 4, 2012
I am stupefied. John was a great, great scholar, but more important to me was his everlasting good humor, cheerfulness, and most of all generosity. I am very sorry for the loss to his family.
Sabina Magliocco says...
Posted Friday, May 4, 2012
A great loss to Folklore. My condolences to his family and friends; what is remembered lives, and he will long be remembered.
Erik Nagel says...
Posted Friday, May 4, 2012
Very sad and a great loss for folklore studies.
Donald Haase says...
Posted Friday, May 4, 2012
Sad news and a great loss. He was an exemplary, generous scholar.
Luisa Del Giudice says...
Posted Friday, May 4, 2012
This is a great loss. I knew Foley only as a scholar of oral formulaic theory and orality and he was the finest. Many condolences to his family and colleagues.
Leah K. Lowthorp says...
Posted Friday, May 4, 2012
This is tragic. I met John at the Folklore Fellows 2007 summer school, riding around on an old Russian bus through Karelia, so we got to know the professors quite well. He was really supportive and open with all of the students, and I really admired his work. What a great loss for Folklore.

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