We extend our deepest sympathy to Jo Ann Scholes and the Scholes family as we join them in mourning the loss of Robert Scholes, who passed away peacefully on December 9, 2016.
Bob Scholes was one of the most distinguished critical studies and theory scholars of his generation. His passing also has special significance for Brown University and for the many departments and programs fortunate enough to have been affiliated with him: English, Comparative Literature, and Modern Culture and Media. Indeed, Bob was the originator of the Semiotics program and then, later, a primary force in conceptualizing, founding, and leading MCM through the merger of Semiotics with the Modern Literature and Society program and through all the work that he did with the department for so many years. As just one indication of his enormous support, Bob and Jo Ann recently established a fund to support the MCM graduate program. Those of us in the MCM department and at Brown more widely have always had enormous respect and appreciation for Bob Scholes--for his brilliance, his vision, his generosity, and his support. We know that you share this respect and appreciation, and now also our sadness at this news.
We have heard from alumni who wish to honor Bob. Donations can be made to Brown in the name of The Professor Robert Scholes and Jo Ann Scholes Fund for Graduate Education in Modern Culture and Media (07299911). We also plan to host an event to honor Bob and will write again with information as those plans develop.
For more information about Robert Scholes's amazing life and work, please click here.
Robert Scholes 1929-2016 by Sean Latham
Brown Alumni Magazine article, featuring Bob Scholes.