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Dr. Ethel Mae Haave

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Dr. Ethel Mae Haave

Muncie - Dr. Ethel Mae Haave, passed away peacefully in her home on Sunday, March 1, 2015.

Ethel Mae was born in Minnesota in 1916 to Carl Haave and Anna (Schossow) Haave. In 1937 she graduated from the College of St. Teresa in Winona, Minnesota and began a lifelong career in academia with an emphasis in English Literature. She remembered vividly the difficulties women of her generation had in the job market and academia.

In 1948 Ethel Mae accomplished a feat uncommon for women of her generation and earned a Ph.D. in English from Yale University, publishing "Herman Melville's Pierre: A Critical Study." Dr. Haave continued her career at the University of Rochester and then East Carolina College before being appointed Assistant Professor of English at Ball State University in September 1956. Dr. Haave remained a faculty member at Ball State for thirty years, where she taught students to explore the expansive world that literature brings to the human mind. Dr. Haave retired from Ball State as a full tenured professor in 1986. In addition to her love of English, Dr. Haave enjoyed discussing the meaning of words with her friends.

Dr. Haave was an excellent tennis player and continued to play into her early 90's. She played in a group from the English department, in a foursome with three excellent tennis players and later with a retiree's group at the YMCA. She had individual friends with whom she took long walks and cross country skied in the neighborhood as well as at Mounds and Pokagon State Parks.

Dr. Haave died as she lived, on her own terms. She is survived by her niece, Elizabeth Dougherty (Gerald) of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and her friends from Ball State University and our local tennis courts.

Dr. Haave was predeceased by her parents and her brother, Clarence Haave.

A gathering in her memory will be scheduled at a later date. Cremation will take place.

The Meeks Mortuary and Crematory, Washington Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements and online condolences may be sent to: www.meeksmortuary.com.



Published in The Star Press on Mar. 8, 2015
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