Dr. John David Erickson Ph.D.
1934 - 2021
Dr. John David Erickson, Ph.D.
January 9, 1934 - September 8, 2021
Lexington, Kentucky - Dr. John David Erickson, Ph.D. (87), of Lexington passed away on September 8, 2021. Born January 9, 1934, in Aiken Minnesota, he was the son of the late August and Agnes Erickson.
John was Professor in the UK Dept. of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures and Cultures from 1995-2012. The author of several 20th- and 21st- century monographs and studies on French and Francophone literature and culture, John was one of the first scholars in the US to write on and translate African francophone texts (Nommo: African Fiction in French South of the Sahara, 1979). He also taught at the University of Kansas, LSU, Rice University. As a graduate student at the University of Minnesota, he founded and was the Editor for more than 40 years of what has become a major scholarly journal of French and Francophone studies, L'Esprit Créateur. In recognition of his multiple contributions, the Republic of France honored John by naming him Chevalier de l'ordre des palmes académiques.
Left to cherish his memory is John's wife, Suzanne Pucci, daughters, Cassandra Erickson and Catherine (Bryan) Toon; his step-children Emilia Pucci and Giovanni Pucci; and 3 grandchildren, Veronica, Rachel and Robert.
A Memorial service will be held at a later date. Any contributions in John's name would be welcome for the Southern Poverty Law Center or The Nature Conservancy.

Published by Lexington Herald-Leader on Sep. 12, 2021.
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We have known John and Suzanne since they arrived to the University of Kentucky. Over the years, we have had many occasions for celebrations and outings, but most especially, wonderful dinners at their house. Suzanne treated us to culinary delights and John always had a bottle of good bourbon at the ready. John was a quiet and thoughtful person, and an engaging scholar whom we had the privilege to have known. We shared academic interests in Africa, the site of all three of our academic specialties. Aside from his research, we also all shared roots in Scandinavia, and enjoyed many conversations about his family roots in Sweden and Norway. John was also very engaged in maintaining their large garden. Occasionally, he encountered snakes and would call upon Thomas to come and remove them. Unfortunately for Thomas, but not for Suzanne, they had always disappeared by the time Thomas arrived. John will be missed. Thomas, Monica and Pablo (our Havanese, who John loved)
N Thomas Håkansson and Monica Udvardy
September 23, 2021
Suzanne, I'm sorry for your lost. Lo siento mucho.
Francisco Esteve Semis
September 13, 2021
Dear Suzanne and family, We are so sorry for your lost. Os acompañamos en el dolor. Te mandamos un fuerte abrazo, Clarissa, Oriol y familia.
Clarissa Esteve
September 13, 2021
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