CARBONDALE - Henry S. Vyverberg, 86, passed away at 10:45 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008, in Parkway Manor in Marion.
He is survived by one niece, Joan V. Cole of Bella Coola, Canada; one stepsister, Nylda Routier of New York; The Edward A. Krupa family of New Jersey; and many cousins and friends.
Mr. Vyverberg was professor emeritus (Department of History) at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Before accepting a position at SIUC in 1968, he had taught at Alliance College and at the University of Akron. He received academic degrees at the University of Rochester and Harvard University.
In addition to teaching intellectual history to generations of college students, he wrote three books, including "Historical Pessimism in the French Enlightenment" (Harvard University Press); "The Living Tradition: Art, Music, and Ideas in the Western World" (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich); and "Human Nature, Cultural Diversity, and the French Enlightenment" (Oxford University Press). He was the author also of many articles and reviews.
Mr. Vyverberg was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in World War II and the Korean War. He belonged to many professional organizations.
He was born Dec. 31, 1921, in Elbridge, N.Y., to Henry J. and Bertha H. (Sabin) Vyverberg.
Survivors include his niece, Joan V. Cole of Bella Coola, British Columbia; stepsister, Nylda Routier of Cuba, New York; and cousins.
His many friends include Edward and Patricia Krupa, of Lawrenceville, N.J., whose children referred to him affectionately as Uncle Hank. Henry's friends in Southern Illinois remember him for his gourmet cooking, his great love of music and his quiet wit.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, his stepmother, stepsister and stepbrother.
A celebration of his life will be at a later date. Memorials may be made to the University of Rochester, Fairbank Alumni House, 685 Mount Hope Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620.
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Published by The Southern Illinoisan on Nov. 2, 2008.