Carol Rupprecht Has Passed

Sorry people. I know this is not the best way to encounter this information, but a person beloved by most of us died just a few days ago. Her husband, Pete Suttmeier was good enough to share her obituary and I reprint it below:

Carol Schreier Rupprecht of Keene Valley, NY, died suddenly on Wednesday, November 14. Born June 30, 1939, in Stafford Springs, CT, to William J. and Caroline Comstock Schreier, she was a graduate of the University of Virginia, and later earned a PhD in Comparative Literature from Yale University. As a professor of Comparative Literature at Kirkland College, which later merged with Hamilton College in Clinton, NY, she was an award-winning teacher, delighting her students with her courses on Dreams and Literature, Shakespeare, Dante, Early Modern European Literature, and Translation Theory. Later in her career, she sought to instill in her students an appreciation of wilderness with courses on Literature and the Adirondacks. She retired from full-time teaching in 2007.

During her career she was president of the International Association for the Study of Dreams, and senior editor of its journal, Dreaming. She had written widely in the field of dreams and literature and was the editor of two major books in the field, The Dream and the Text and Feminist Archetypal Theory.

Before and after retirement, she enjoyed bicycling, skiing, hiking, snow-shoeing and canoeing with her husband and friends in her solo canoe. She was an avid fan of women’s basketball, and followed the fortunes of the UConn Husky women with special fervor. After retirement, she was active in the Ausable River Association, offered volunteer services to Keene Valley Central School and the Keene Valley Library Association, and was active in the community garden.

She is survived by her husband, Richard P. Suttmeier of Keene Valley, her daughter, Jody Rupprecht of Springfield, VA, a sister, Francine LaFlamme and her husband Phillip of Salem, CT, a sister, Wendy Klecak of Stafford Springs, CT, a brother, Peter Schreier and his wife Marguerite of Newark, DE, cousins, nieces and nephews and a much loved Uncle Herb Wells. Her son, Whitney Rupprecht, predeceased her. She also leaves good friends, former colleagues and the many students and young people whose lives she touched.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 24, at the Keene Valley Congregational Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in her name to the Ausable River Association, the High Peaks Educational Foundation, The Keene Valley Library Association, or The Wild Center in Tupper Lake.

Pete also sent a touching poem that he found in the glove box of Carol's car:

“Slender at first, they quickly gather force
Growing in richness as they run their course
Once started, they do not turn back again,
Rivers and years and friendships with good men.”

Should any of you wish to add reminiscences or stories about Carol, please do so. After a time, I will send a notice and the appropriate URL to Pete.

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