ALPERS--Paul Joel. Born on October 16, 1932, died on May 19, 2013. Son of the late Bernard J. Alpers and Lillian Sher Alpers. He is survived by his wife, Carol T. Christ; his sons, Benjamin L. and Nicholas C. Alpers; his step-children Jonathan M. and Elizabeth C. Sklute; four grand-children; two brothers, David H. and Edward A. Alpers; and his former wife, Svetlana L. Alpers. He received his B.A. and Ph.D. in English from Harvard University. He retired in 2002 from the English Department of the University of California at Berkeley after a thirty-eight year career on the faculty.
Published in The New York Times on May 23, 2013