Adored Husband, Father, Grandfather, and Penn State-Erie Professor Archie Krug Loss, age 71, of Erie, died late Monday, July 19, 2010 surrounded by his wife and children at the Cleveland Clinic, following a six month battle with lung cancer. He was born in Hanover, Pa. on January 31, 1939, the only child of Alexander and Evelyn Krug Loss. Archie graduated as a member of Hanover's Eichelberger Senior High class of 1956 and was known for his wit and interests in radio broadcasting, drama, and music. He went on to attend Millersville State College in Millersville, Pa. It was there that Archie became devoted to studying English and sharing his passion for literature and thought through teaching. After earning his bachelor's degree in Education from Millersville in 1960 and a short career as a public school teacher in Lancaster County, Pa., Archie began graduate work in English and Art History at Penn State University. He met his beloved wife-to-be, Suzanne Perry, of York, Pa., during their graduate studies at PSU, and they were married in 1967. During this time, Archie also began his lifelong study of the Irish writer James Joyce, the topic of his dissertation and multiple publications and presentations to date. Awarded his Ph.D. in 1970, Archie taught briefly at what was then known as the Behrend College of Penn State in Erie, but soon accepted a teaching position at Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich. He returned to Erie with his family in 1976, when he began an administrative and faculty position at Behrend. Archie remained a dedicated and caring member of the faculty at Penn State Erie until forced to retire due to his illness, at which time he was awarded the title of professor emeritus of English and American Studies. He also greatly enjoyed serving for 12 years as head of what is now the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the college. Archie's areas of expertise and deepest interest included modern British literature—particularly James Joyce and W. Somerset Maugham—drama, the visual arts, business writing, and American Studies. He was especially admired on campus for his popular culture course on the 1960s, which he taught until his forced retirement, drawing hundreds of students every year during the 17 years it was offered. Archie took special joy in connecting with his students both inside and outside the classroom as a teacher and mentor. At the same time, Archie remained an active scholar who published four books, authored numerous articles, and presented papers and lectures in dozens of venues local, national, and international. His newest professional interest was the study of print history, which grew from his years as a book collector and took him to the University of Virginia's Rare Book School for coursework during recent summers. In addition to being committed to his work life, Archie was an active community member. He was a member of the Iroquois School Board from 1979-86 and then served on the Lawrence Park Planning Commission from 1999-2008. He also gave service to the following organizations: the Erie Art Center, the Greater Erie YMCA, the Erie Council for the Arts, and the United Way Campaign. In his personal time, Archie had many interests important to him as well. He loved music and had accumulated a vast knowledge and collection of styles ranging from classical to jazz to rock. Archie travelled widely and relished the time he spent abroad, most recently as a visiting scholar at the University of Jaen in Spain and as an exchange professor at the University of Northampton in the United Kingdom. He was a great fan of professional tennis, Behrend College athletics, movies, and mystery novels. He had also taken up birding in the last few years and looked forward to becoming more active in the Erie Audubon Society. More than anything else, however, Archie was a loving and wonderful husband, father, and grandfather who always put his family first. He considered his family his greatest accomplishment and was proudest of who he had become as a parent and grandfather. Archie is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Dr. Suzanne Perry Loss; two daughters, Dr. Emma Perry Loss and her husband, Dr. Paul Eisenstein, of Columbus, Ohio, and Lucinda Loss Shue and her husband, Captain Christopher Shue (currently deployed to Afghanistan with the Maryland Army National Guard), of Fruitland, Md.; one son, Dr. Christopher Perry Loss and his wife, Dr. Catherine Loss, of Nashville, Tenn.; five granddaughters, Lilia, Annalise, and Josephine Eisenstein, Susannah Loss, and Cora Anne Shue; two grandsons, Aidan Shue and Jack Loss. Brothers- and sisters-in-law also survive, as well as multiple nieces and nephews. The family would like to extend special thanks to the doctors, nurses, and staff at the Cleveland Clinic and its Taussig Cancer Center, who provided exceptional care for Archie throughout his illness. We would also like to thank the staff and donors who make Cleveland's Hope Lodge available to cancer patients there. Friends are invited to call at the Smith Chapel on the campus of Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, 4701 College Drive, on Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. for visiting hours. A memorial service will be held at the chapel on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. and is open to the public. Final services will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Archie K. Loss Scholarship Fund, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, 4701 College Drive, Erie, PA 16563.
Published in Erie Times-News on Jul. 23, 2010.