BERTRAM--Paul, 85, Shakespeare scholar and supporter of the arts, died Monday November 4th in New York, NY after a brief illness. Born in Buffalo, NY, he attended New York University and earned a doctorate in literature from Harvard University. He taught at Mt. Holyoke College and, for more than 40 years, at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, serving for several years as Associate Dean of the graduate school. He wrote numerous articles and reviews on Shakespeare and on Jacobean drama. He was the author of two books on Shakespeare and edited or co-edited several Shakespeare plays. His book, Shakespeare and the Two Noble Kinsmen, made important contributions to arguments about the disputed authorship of of the titled play. He was a member of the New York Shakespeare Society, serving for several years on its board of directors. A lifelong music, theater, and dance enthusiast, he was a generous benefactor to many cultural institutions, particularly the New York City Ballet, the School of American Ballet, the New York Public Library, and the Andy Warhol Museum. He is survived by numerous friends and his companion of many years, Sydell Carlton of Princeton, NJ. A memorial service will be held at a time to be determined.
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Published in The New York Times on Nov. 10, 2013