Professor Emeritus of Modern Languages and Literatures A. Henry Bova passed away on Aug. 23, 2013, in Fitchburg, Wis. He was 77.
Known as “Hank” to Beloiters, he was a professor of French from 1965 to 2001 and helped establish and maintain a number of international exchange programs, traveling to France, Germany, Switzerland, Morocco, Tahiti, Brazil, and Chile on behalf of the college. He was deeply involved in Beloit’s study abroad program in Rennes, France, which he directed for many years. In addition to teaching French, he taught German and Italian language and literature. His fields of study included 17th century French literature, comparative literature, and literary criticism. He earned a B.A. degree from Alma College, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Bova held a number of prestigious fellowships during his career, including a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship. Among his other notable achievements at Beloit were his efforts to introduce Francophone women authors of color to Beloit’s curriculum in French literature and to develop and advance computer-enhanced methods for teaching languages.
“Hank was one of the most witty, learned, and unpretentious colleagues I’ll ever have the privilege of knowing,” says Tom McBride, Keefer Professor of the Humanities. “When I posted news of his death on Facebook, former students were overflowing in memory, and praise, of his devotion to French civilization in the classroom.”
Bova was predeceased by his life partner, Maurice Marc Gras, in 2003.