Henry Lewis Van Dyke, Jr. author, professor and pianist died December 22, 2011, in NYC at age 83.
His writing career was launched after winning the Julie and Avery Hopwood Award for Fiction (1954) as a student at the University of Michigan where he received his B.A. (1953) and M.A. (1955) degrees. Novels published by Farrar, Strauss and Giroux were Ladies of the Rachmaninoff Eyes, Blood of Strawberries, and Dead Piano; Lunacy and Caprice was published by Ballantine.
Mr. Van Dyke interrupted his university studies to serve two years (1948 - 1950) in the U.S. Army stationed in Germany. He was a resident of Manhattan throughout his adult life and taught a semester annually between 1970 and 1990 as writer-in-residence at Kent State University where he developed many friendships.
Mr. Van Dyke is survived by his sisters, Barbara Van Dyke Wood, Jacquelyn Williams; nieces and nephews and devoted friends.
A simple memorial service will be held 15 January 2012 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at John Krtil Funeral Home, 1297 First Avenue, New York, New York (tel: 212-744-3084).
Contact Eric Wood, nephew, ([email protected]
A remembrance will be held in Kent, Ohio, at Kent State University Museum, Sunday, Jan. 29 at 1 p.m. (Contact Henry Walker, [email protected]
Published by Akron Beacon Journal on Jan. 8, 2012.