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August 22, 2018

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November 8, 2017
Wayne was a classmate of mine in the Honors Program in English at the University of Pennsylvania in the late 1960s. Those were tumultuous times and I remember Wayne for his sense of humor and his real love of English and the world itself. He was a smart, warm person then and I am sure he was a brilliant teacher. My condolences to his family and friends and students.
August 15, 2017
Wayne and Lou were family to a dear friend, and each time in their home for a visit, a meal or to pet some of their animals, was made special by their warm and welcoming enthusiasm. Love and sympathy to Lou, the girls, and all of Wayne's family, friends, and students.
love, Grace
August 14, 2017
Wayne had a natural warmth and gift for language that, somehow, even came across in an email. I first read his words when told I was waitlisted for a spot in UT's English PhD program, and yet the kindness of his phrasing was more affirming than acceptance letters from elsewhere. When I was later admitted and met Wayne in person, I realized that the email was no fluke: here was a person who radiated empathy, who took interest in not only the academic careers but the personal lives and interests of the many students he advised. The only time I ever saw Wayne grow angry was on our behalf, reacting to programmatic changes that he saw as detrimental to graduate students. Given the impact of his loss on those of us who did not know him as well as we should have, I can only imagine the grief his close friends and family are experiencing. I wish them the very best.
August 13, 2017
Dr. Lesser was a wonderful professor and a kind and generous man. His passing is an enormous loss to the UT community - especially the English department, which I and many others will forever associate with him and his infectious passion for the material he taught.

In the words of Emily Dickinson, to whom I was introduced by Dr. Lesser, the measure of this grief is tremendous. My loving thoughts are with his memory and his family.