Thomas Albert Lathrop
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AGE: 72 • Newark
Thomas Albert Lathrop, of Newark, Delaware, died on Monday, February 17, 2014 while vacationing in Anaheim, California. He was 72 years old. Born in Los Angeles, California, he attended John Marshall High School, Pepperdine College, and the University of California, Los Angeles. There he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and French, a Masters Degree in Spanish Literature, and a PhD in Romance Linguistics. At UCLA, he met and married Connie Cook. The couple lived in Los Angeles, Spain, Portugal, Lexington, Kentucky, where their daughter Aline was born, and Easton, Pennsylvania before finally settling in Newark, Delaware in 1980 where Dr. Lathrop was Professor of Romance Languages until his retirement in 2006.
Dr. Lathrop produced an impressive body of scholarship as well as a number of textbooks. In all he authored 19 books among which was a history of the Spanish language that was later translated into Spanish and was the first on the subject ever published in Spain by a non-native Spanish speaker. He edited a number of editions of Spanish and French classics for English speaking readers, including Cervantes' Don Quixote accompanied by a comprehensive dictionary. He authored numerous articles, created an illustrated children's edition of Don Quixote with Jack Davis, and produced a new translation of Don Quixote in English. In addition to his university career, Dr. Lathrop founded and was editor of two publishing companies: Juan de la Cuesta Hispanic Monographs (est. 1978) which publishes works in Hispanic language, literature and linguistics, and Linguatext Ltd. (est. 1974) which publishes manuals for students of world languages. He also served as editor of two scholarly journals and as consulting editor of three others.
He was the recipient of the prestigious Order of Don Quixote award given by the Spanish National Honor Society, and was named Oficial en la Orden de Isabel la Catolica by the King of Spain. Dr. Lathrop was also an avid sports fan, lover of music, and enthusiastic traveler. With all of his accomplishments, he valued his family most. He is survived by his wife, Connie Lathrop; his daughter, Aline Glick of Chicago, with her husband, Ben; granddaughters, Viviana and Isadora, and brother, Charles Lathrop of Prescott, Arizona.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, March 25 at 4:30pm at the University of Delaware, Bayard Sharp Hall, the old church at the corner of Elkton Road and West Delaware Avenue in Newark, Delaware.
Published in The News Journal on Mar. 7, 2014