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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.

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Published in Erie Times-News on Jul. 23, 2010.
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March 24, 2011
Dr (Mrs) Loss, Thank you (& Dr Loss) again, for being such wonderful hosts and allowing us Teacher Assistants into your beautiful home every semester.

Being a student, a group leader & a TA in his America in the '60's class was an amazing multimedia, multi-sensory experience (no LSD needed!) Dr. Loss's influence will always be evident in my own classroom.

I am only sorry that I couldn't tell him - Thank You - in person.

God Bless
Brent Alexander
November 3, 2010
We had the privilege of introducing Archie and Suzanne to some Spanish traditions, and were honoured with their friendship and company, both in Jaen and Erie. There was a trip to Jaen that had to be cancelled due to his illness, and that will never take place, but we will always remember him in our hearts.
Nadia & Jesus (Jaen, Spain).
Nadia & Jesus Lopez-Pelaez
November 1, 2010
Dr. Loss influenced me more than he ever knew. He ignited a passion in me for literature, in particular James Joyce, which has given me the drive to attend graduate school for Literature.
August 2, 2010
To the Loss Family,

I was deeply saddened to learn of Dr. Loss' passing. I was lucky enough to meet him early in my time as a student at Penn State Behrend through his American Studies class. I was also very honored when he asked me to be a TA, which led to a total of 3 semesters. Your husband, father, and grandfather was kind, inspiring, intelligent man who deeply impacted my college experience. There was a time when I had to take a break from school, and he took the time to talk with my about the choice, and when I returned to Behrend I remember his smile when I walked into his office and hearing him say "Well it's nice to see you back here Ms. Horanic".

I attended the Memorial at Smith Chapel and was very touched by words of all of you. Your obvious love and devotion to each other is remarkable, I am sure it will provide the comfort and strength your family needs in this sad time.

Thank you for sharing your husband, father, and grandfather with the Behrend community, I know that I am not the only student whose life was enriched by him.
Megan Horanic
July 31, 2010

My deepest sympathies go to you and your family. Your father sounds like a wonderful man. I remember the Manhattan Transfer tape you made for me from a recording your father had, and how you talked about his love of music. I am certain that the lives he touched, whether directly or indirectly, will never be the same, especially if you, as his daughter, are any indication of his legacy. My heart goes out to you on this great loss.
Eliese Besemer
July 28, 2010
Suzanne, I am deeply saddened to hear about Archie's passing. I would like to express my sympathy to you and Emma, Chris and Lucinda. I have very fond memories growing up in the neighborhood with you all, from the day you moved in to listening to the Star Wars soundtrack with Archie and countless other celebrations. While Dr. Loss will be missed, he has left us so many great things, and I am thankful for that!
Joe Hardner
July 28, 2010
Suzanne and family,

I am so sorry about the loss of your husband and father. I am also sorry for not being able to make it to the visiting hours since we just got back from vacation. Archie was truly a great man. I had some wonderful conversations with him in the grocery store and at events. A great man always has a wonderful woman and family by his side. My mother in law who was a nurse and lives next door died in April of pancreatic cancer after an 11 month heroic struggle. It was so hard to watch a loved one struggle with such a devastating disease. Our family now is pushing hard for the John Kanzius Research so maybe other families will not have to go through the trauma of losing a loved one so quickly to cancer. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. If you need anything, don't hesitate to call.
God Bless!
Debra Gerlach
July 27, 2010
I had the pleasure of having Dr Loss as an adviser as well as taking his wonderful pop culture class, which I liked so much I served as a TA the next time around. That gave me a chance to work more closely with him and see even more clearly what an incredibly intelligent and kind man he was. Behrend has lost a great professor. He contributed so much to the school, and I will think of him every time I watch "The Wonder Years" or hear "American Pie".
Erin McCarty
July 26, 2010
Dear Suzanne, Emma, Chris, Lucinda & Family--

My heart goes out to you right now. I have so many fond memories of all of us together over the years. Please let me know if there is anything I can do. Much love, Mara
Mara Iutcovich
July 26, 2010
Suzanne and family,
Just by accident I found Archie's obit. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I will be in touch soon.
Ron and Peggy Allen
peggy allen
July 26, 2010
Dr. Loss was a wonderful educator and man. I am so glad I had the opportunity to take his classes at Behrend. His loss is felt by many. My deepest sympathies to his loving family.
Wendy McGaughey-Boyce
July 26, 2010
I, too, had the pleasure of taking Dr. Loss's American Studies class and being a teaching assistant for this class. He was truly a joy to have as both a professor and mentor. Without him, "The Graduate" would have been just another old, grainy movie. Many condolences.
Becky LaDow
July 26, 2010
We did not have to spend one minute with Archie to know what kind of man he was. He and Suzanne raised our brother-in-law
Chris: a loving husband, wonderful father, great friend!
Terry & Mary Kay Walsh
July 25, 2010
Dear Suzanne, Emma, Christopher & Lucinda,

I extend my deepest sympathies to all of you at this most difficult time. It truly was an honor to know Dr. Loss. He touched the lives of so many.
May the many wonderful memories of times together fill your hearts with warmth.
I am so glad I had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Loss in May. He was so very proud of his family.

I would like to share with you one of my favorite books called "Everyday Angels." It talks about everyday Angels who are here on earth that surround us with their acts of kindness and gentle deeds and the ones up above who keep constant watch over us. No doubt your husband,father and grandfather was an everyday Angel who did so much while he was here on earth and will continue to keep constant watch over his beloved family.

God bless and keep you in His tender loving care.

Tammy (Weigle) Bell
Tammy Bell
July 25, 2010
I had the privilege of taking Dr. Loss's American Studies course as a student at Behrend as well as work with Dr. Loss as a teaching assistant for another 2 years. The opportunity that Dr. Loss gave me by asking me to be a teaching assistant truly changed my life and made me want to be a teacher. Because of that experience I went back to school after graduating to become a teacher, and now have a career in education. Dr. Loss was one of my favorite professors because of the time he put in OUT of the classroom. He invited us to his house for dinner and took a great interest in how we were doing in our lives. I was very sad to hear about his passing, but thankful that I had the privilege of knowing him. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, he will be greatly missed.
Richard Sgrignoli
July 25, 2010
In the short time I knew him, I can say with certainty that Dr. Archie Loss was a brilliant and great man with a huge heart. Our condolences to Dr. Suzanne Perry Loss and the entire family. Betty Cruz & Paul Perowicz, Jr.
July 25, 2010
Our sympathy to you and your family. Archie was one of the colleagues I most admired during my time at Behrend.
Toby Cunningham
Toby and Jean Cunningham
July 25, 2010
Suzanne and family,
Jean and I send our sympathy to you on the loss of Archie,one of the most admired of my colleagues over the years at Behrend.

Toby Cunningham
Toby and Jean Cunningham
July 25, 2010
Wow so many people have said a lot of wonderful things about your dad you must be very proud. I was So sorry to hear of his loss my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time.

Melissa mason colosimo
Melissa Mason colosimo
July 24, 2010
I had the honor of learning from Dr. Loss in the past two years at Penn State Behrend and also had the privilege of being a teaching assistant for his popular culture class. Dr. Loss was one of the most influential and memorable professors I have had. He truly took an interest in getting to know me on a personal level and valued each students' success. He made learning fun and interesting and brought out excellent leadership qualities in me. Dr. Loss will be greatly missed. My deepest sympathy goes out to your family.
Brittany Greer
July 24, 2010
Mrs. Loss,Emma,Chris, Lucinda and families:

My heart goes out to you at this time. My mom has kept me informed of Mr. Loss's illness over the last couple of months and he has been in my prayers, you all have. Emma, Chris and Lucinda, I know what it feels like to loose your dad. It is not easy right now,but know that things will get easier with time. My thoughts and prayers are with you all throughout this sorrowful time.
Noel Baumann
July 24, 2010
Mrs. Loss, Emma, Chris, & Lou,
So sorry to hear of your loss. It is never easy to lose a loved one. I always enjoyed talking to Dr. Loss--right down to the way he would say my name. Always think of the wonderful times you shared.
Jennifer Scribner Penfield
July 24, 2010
Suzanne, Emma, Chris, Lucinda and family:
I am saddended by Archie's death. I know he struggled the past 6 months and the time has been difficult for all of you. But you were all there by his side and I'm sure that was comforting for him. May all of you hold onto the wonderful memories of your life together. Joyce
Joyce Miller
July 24, 2010
Dear Suzanne, Emma, Chris, Lucinda and family,
You have been in our thoughts for these past six months as my parents have passed on news of Archie's struggle. We are so deeply saddened to hear that he has died. He was a wonderful teacher and neighbor; Mark and I both appreciated his efforts to connect us back to Behrend on our most recent visit to Erie. We really enjoyed the wonderful evening we spent at the Loss house in November. Our hearts go out to you at this most difficult of times.
Debbie, Mark & Anna
Debra McDougall
July 23, 2010
Carla Yost Hausmann
July 23, 2010
I was a student of Dr. Loss for many of my semesters at Penn State Behrend and was a teaching assistant for his Am St 105 class for two of those. He was a great inspiration for me as a student of English literature, and I credit him for introducing me to many of my now favorite authors. He made learning fun and encouraged students to get involved in discussion, which was something I valued in regards to education. He will be greatly missed by many. My thoughts are with him and your family!
Kara Hesch
July 23, 2010
Dr. Loss was a fantastic professor, a true scholar and intellectual, and a very classy man. Nobody will be able to teach American Studies like he did. He knew what life was all about...and he will be sadly missed.

To the family, a quote from one of his favorite poets: "Take care of all your memories, for you cannot relive them" - Bob Dylan
Kimberly Baker
July 23, 2010
I well remember my friendship with Archie when I served as pastor of the Eastminster Presbyterian Church. We share your sorrow at his passing.
Don Chichester
Don Chichester
July 23, 2010
Archie was a wonderful husband, father and friend. We have all been greatly blessed by having known him. He will be missed by many and thought of often. Nan, Dave & Matt Briggs
July 23, 2010
Suzanne and family, My deepest Sympathy on the loss of Archie. The time we knew your family at Eastminster was very special.
Patty & Brian Moyer
July 23, 2010
English Department banquet--1988.
I had the privilege of sitting through many of Archie's classes when I was a student at Behrend. I will always remember him for his wit, kindness, and his ability to challenge us to strive for excellence.

He and I used to have many conversations about theatre & drama and I always appreciated his vast knowledge on these subjects.

He will be greatly missed.
Tina Kierzek
July 23, 2010
Suzanne and family,
I was so sorry to read of Archie's passing. He was a charming, intelligent and funny man. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Gloria Herlihy
July 23, 2010
I'm so sorry to hear about Archie.I always enjoyed my time with him.Your family is in my thoughts.....Matt Sandell
July 23, 2010
Hi Suzanne,
My family and I just heard of your loss, we extend our deepest sympathies to all of you. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Archie was a wonderful man.
Beth Cunningham
July 23, 2010
Lucinda and family:

I am deeply saddened to hear about the passing of your dad. Please know that your entire family is in our prayers.
Angela Abate Weber
July 23, 2010
I had the pleasure to be a student of Dr. Loss at Penn State Behrend. His personality and wit, along with his great span of knowledge made my learning experience a great one. I'm so sorry to hear of his passing. Prayers and thoughts with all of his family and friends.
Jessica Condon
July 23, 2010
You left your mark on this world and you will be very missed by all. Love, Drew and Nadia Carlin
Nadia Carlin
July 23, 2010
Dear Suzanne, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this very sad time. At Villa you were one of my favorite professors and after reading his obit I would have loved knowing him also. Find strength in your family and friends and know that I am thinking of you.
Kathy Foley-Cooksey
Villa Maria College '87
Kathy Cooksey
July 23, 2010
So sorry for your loss.
Sandi Smith
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