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Dr. Edgar Vernon McKnight Jr.

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Dr. Edgar Vernon McKnight, Jr.


Edgar Vernon McKnight, Jr. (known by family, friends and colleagues as Ed), Associate Professor of English at Anderson University, passed away early Saturday morning, June 22, 2013. He was a graduate of Wade Hampton High School, Wake Forest University where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before joining the faculty of Anderson University in 2003, he taught at John A. Logan College in Carbondale, Illinois and Gardner-Webb University.

Ed was especially interested in alternate history (his dissertation at the University of North Carolina was "Alternate History: the Development of a Literary Genre") and in science fiction. He was nonfiction review editor of the journal of the Science Fiction Research Association. And the "Ed McKnight Science Fiction Collection" was named after him and was made possible by his generous donation to the Anderson University Library of a large number of well-selected science fiction novels, anthologies, critical bibliographies, histories, criticisms and reference works.

Dr. McKnight was a member of the First Baptist Church of Greenville, SC. He is survived by his wife Jean, their two sons Forrest and Will, his sister Lynn McKnight and his father Dr Edgar V. McKnight Sr. A memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church, Greenville, SC, Tuesday, June 25th at 11:00am.

Most importantly, Ed was by all accounts the best husband, father, brother and son that any man could be. His unwavering spirit, humor, quiet perseverance, strength and love continue to be an inspiration and comfort to us all. Ed told us that he did not want anyone to mourn his loss; rather simply appreciate your days, hug your family, and tell them how much you love them.

The family is grateful for the loving care provided by friends during Ed's courageous medical struggle. Memorials may be made to ALS Prize4Life.

Published in The Greenville News on June 24, 2013
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