Jack Matthews

Jul 22, 1925 - Nov 28, 2013

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My deepest sympathy to Jack's family for this deep loss. He was well loved and widely admired by his students.

And for some, the time spent in his Ellis Hall classroom was the greatest gift of a college education.

I often think of Jack Matthews.

I picture him in an Ellis classroom, where tall windows welcome both breeze and birdsong. A handsome, moustached devil in black, save that slab of turquoise in his bolo, he looks as if he just blazed into town on a...

Ohio has lost a Giant.

Jack was a renaissance man. He was always inquisitive on almost every subject. His command of out language was exceptional. Always a gentleman, he could disagree without being disagreeable.

We purchased the stock of his bookstore in Gloucester in Feb, 1999.
Little did we realize that he had a pole barn of books--which we would later purchase, and that he would refill both locations 4 times, and we would buy everything each time. His taste in...

I'll never forget how in the middle of class he would look out the big window at Ellis Hall and...break into song! Amazing educator and fabulous writer.

Jack taught me how to revise and I think of him often when I am trying to write at a high standard. I've not met anyone who knew more about the history and mechanics of English than Jack. He kindly directed my thesis with grace, wit, and intelligence. I will miss knowing he is out there, but will hear his corrective voice in my head for the rest of my life. He was a fine teacher and distinguished mentor. His books are still here, and that counts for a lot.

I just wanted to point out that a website which is a tribute to Mr. Matthews literary output.

Even though Jack has died, his books still are alive. And yes, there's a lot of his works which still have not been yet published, but will be published over the next few years.

Jack Matthews was a literary giant for this nation whose value and importance will only increase with time. He was also a constant source of joy and hilarity. His...

I took several creative writing workshops with Jack; in fact, he was my dissertation director. Of all the teachers I've had, he was the most memorable--funny, smart, accomplished, clever, and shrewd. Over the years, I've thought of Jack many times, always with great affection. To his family, I offer my sincere condolences.

An unforgettable instructor and a thoughtful friend.

Jack was a mentor and inspiration to a beginning English teacher in 1966 and he remained so for me to the end of his days.
My condolences to his family; thank you for sharing him.

Wonderful colleague and friend who always made me smile with his wit and humor. A role model for all to follow in life.


Jack's Obituary

John H. "Jack" Matthews, age 88 of Athens, died Thursday morning, Nov. 28, 2013 at his home. He was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Creative Writing at Ohio University. He published seven novels, seven collections of short stories, a novella and eight volumes of essays. He was an avid book collector, and many of his book finds served as a basis for his essays and the historical topics he explored in his fiction. He was also the recipient of numerous literary and professional awards.He was born July 22, 1925 in Columbus, the son of the late John H. & Lulu Grover Matthews. He received his B.A. in classics and English and his M.A. in English from The Ohio State University. He was a U.S. Coast Guard veteran of World War II serving aboard the Cutter Maclaine in the Northern Pacific Theatre on anti-submarine patrol out of Sitka and Juneau, Alaska. He was a member of the Athens Rotary Club, where he was a Paul Harris Fellow, and the Aldus Society.Jack is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Barbara Jane Reese Matthews; his children- Cynthia Ann Warnock, married to Wyman Warnock of Dacula, Ga., Barbara-Ellen Matthews-Saunders, married to John Saunders of Chesterhill and John Matthews, married to Cathy Hart Matthews of Lore City; seven grandchildren- Jed (Lori) Warnock, Casey (Kelley) Warnock, Catherine Warnock, Smith (Natalie) Weir, Eric (Sarah) Platt, Jack (Lindsay) Matthews and Clay Matthew and his fiancé Casey Passen; six great grandchildren- Brandon, Ansley, Hailey & Peyton Warnock and Aidan & Noah Weir.Besides his parents he is preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Matthews Donahue.A memorial service will be held Saturday, Dec. 7th at 2:00pm at Jagers & Sons Funeral Home, Athens with Pastor Lynn Miller officiating. Friends may call Saturday 12:00 noon until time of service. Military rites will be conducted at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Jack's memory to the Athens Rotary Club, P.O. Box 681, Athens, Ohio 45701. Please share a memory, a note of condolence or sign the online register book at www.jagersfuneralhome.com.

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