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Donald Ringe

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RINGE Donald A., widower of Lucy B. Ringe, died March 7, 2014. The son of the late Arthur and Irma Ringe, he was born on August 20, 1923 in New Orleans, LA, attended the public schools in that city, and earned BA and MA degrees at Tulane and a Ph.D. at Harvard. During WW II, he served in Military Intelligence as an aerial photo interpreter with the XVIII Corps (Airborne) in the Battle of the Bulge and the 71st Infantry Division in the Invasion of Germany. After the war he accepted a commission in the Reserves and was recalled to active duty with the 8th Army in Korea. He began his teaching career as a Graduate student at Tulane, was 12 years at the University of Michigan where he rose to the rank of Professor, and in 1965, came to the University of Kentucky as Professor of English, serving until his retirement in 1993. A serious scholar, he published 8 books (one edited with his wife), and over 100 short pieces; articles, introductions, chapters, and reviews. He was, for many years, on the Editorial Board of the New Edition of the Writings of James Fenimore Cooper and served a four year term on the Board of Editors of the Journal American Literature. A member since 1965 of Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary Church, he served as both Lector and Cantor and sang in its various choirs. He is survived by two sons, Donald, Jr. (Beth) of Narberth, PA, and James (Mary) of Lexington, KY and five grandchildren: Emma and Lucy Ringe Randall and Margaret, James and John Ringe. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, March 13, 2014, 10am, at Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church with interment following at Calvary Cemetery. Visitation, Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 5-8pm, Milward-Southland. Memorial donations may be made to Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church Building Fund or Hospice of the Bluegrass.

Published in Lexington Herald-Leader on Mar. 10, 2014
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