Jonathan Richard Quick died May 13, 2014 in Charlottesville, Virginia at the age of 72. The son of the Rev. Joseph Quick and Katherine Brock Quick, he was born in Greenville, OH. His family moved to Rockville Centre, NY where he graduated from South Side Senior High School, the recipient of the National Honor Society Award.
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From 1959-1963 on an Upson Memorial Scholarship he attended Rutgers University from which he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and as a Henry Rutgers Scholar in the Department of English. At Rutgers he wrote reviews of cultural events for the university newspaper, The Daily Targum. He also introduced classical music selections on the university radio station.
On a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship he earned his PhD in English from Yale University in 1968. He then went on to teach English at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA until his retirement as full professor in 2002. At UMass he taught courses on Modern American and European Literature focusing on James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, Virginia Woolf, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. He served as Chief Undergraduate Advisor and participated in 1979-1980 and 1989-1990 in the Regensburg and Freiburg, Germany exchange programs. In the 1970s he wrote reviews for the Los Angeles Times. He also published articles on modernism in professional journals. His book Modern Literature and the Art of Subversion appeared in 1999.
He was a wonderful and devoted father to his son Benjamin and a loving husband to Elaine. A man of diverse interests, he loved reading, world travel, classical music, modern architecture, home repair projects and the UConn Huskies women's basketball team.
He was predeceased by his father, mother and brother David. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 33 years Elaine, his son Benjamin Joseph Quick and his wife Julie Lefer Quick, grandson Zachary Austin Quick, step-grandson Hunter Stav Mnich, niece Robin Verge and grand-nephews Colin and Parker Verge. A memorial service will be held at Wildwood Cemetery, 70 Strong Street, Amherst, MA, on September 20, 2014. Donations in memory of Jonathan may be made to the
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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on June 16, 2014