John B. "Jack" Folsom (1931 - 2009)

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John B. "Jack" Folsom, 77, died of cancer on Jan. 17, 2009, at his home in Sharon, Vt.

Mr. Folsom was born Dec. 26, 1931, in New Haven, Conn., the son of the late Dr. Hugh F. and Mary D. Folsom.

At an early age, his family moved to Southborough and later Framingham, Mass. Mr. Folsom's education included Fay School in Southborough and Phillips Exeter Academy, from which he graduated in 1949. He went on to major in English at Yale, graduating in 1953.

Immediately after college, Mr. Folsom married Marlene, now Marlene Folsom, of Framingham, and the couple moved to live and work in New York. He worked for a year as a passenger agent for W.R. Grace cruise ship line before deciding upon a career of teaching. For that, the couple moved to California for graduate work at UC Berkeley, where he earned an M.A. in English in 1956. He finished his Ph.D. in 1961 after a year of research in England and two years as an instructor in English at Boston University.

At that point, Mr. Folsom and his wife moved with Sam, their first child, to live and work at Anatolia College in Thessaloniki, Greece. Their second child, Lili, was born there in 1962.

In 1963, the family returned to the United States and lived in eastern Massachusetts for seven years while he taught English once again at Boston University. In 1970, the family moved to Bozeman, this time for his teaching and research in literature at Montana State University. They lived in Montana for 25 years, retiring in 1994 and moving back to New England in 1995. Living in Sharon, Vt., they enjoyed gardening and foreign travel in the years following.

Mr. Folsom is survived by his daughter, Lili Batchelder of Gloucester, Mass.; his son, Sam Folsom of San Mateo, Calif.; three grandchildren; and his sister, Margaret Coty of Brattleboro, Vt.

No funeral services are planned.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 03756.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Feb. 22 to Feb. 25, 2009
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