Volume 60, Number 22 February 11, 2013
Patton joined SF State in 1978 and taught in the composition program for 14 years until her retirement in 1992. She then became a serious leader of book groups, helped edit two collections of women's autobiographical writing, and hiked and travelled widely. She also co-authored the textbook Writing Logically with her friend and colleague Sheila Cooper; that book is now in its seventh edition.
A memorial gathering that she had planned was held in the Presidio on January 5, 2013.
As an undergraduate at Harvard, Tuma studied architecture; he took a degree in divinity before turning to graduate studies in English literature at Michigan State, where he earned a doctorate. Tuma joined San Francisco State in 1970 and taught a variety of courses in medieval English literature, as well as classes titled The Bible as Literature, Detective Fiction, The Literature of Revolution, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Fairy Tales and Sherlock Holmes. He took teaching seriously and his courses were challenging, but he was also generous with his students. Tuma's publications include two volumes on the fourteenth-century English mystics. A reminiscence by one of his former students, Greg Roensch, may be found at http://redroom.com/member/gregory-roensch/blog/labor-of-love-remembering-george-tuma
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