A memorial gathering for Dr. John Boening, who taught at UT for 37 years, will take place Friday, Sept. 26, at 4 p.m. in Libbey Hall.The professor emeritus of English died June 18 at age 72.
“Please join us to honor the memory of our colleague and his contributions to the University community,” Dr. Sara Lundquist, associate professor and chair of the Department of English, said.
He joined the English Department as an instructor in 1969 and was promoted to assistant professor in 1971, associate professor in 1975 and professor in 1980. Boening served as department chair from 1991 to 1997.
The New York City native had an international reputation as a comparative literature scholar. He wrote a 10-volume compilation titled The Reception of Classical German Literature in England, 1760-1860: A Documentary History From Contemporary Periodicals (1977) and was working on a book on the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke’s art criticism.
Boening was on the Arts and Sciences Council, a Senior Fellow of the UT Humanities Institute and a member of the Honor Society Phi Kappa Phi. He headed the UT/Toledo Museum of Art Committee that led to museum teachers becoming University faculty members. And he served on various fellowship selection and review panels for the National Endowment for the Humanities and for the Ohio Humanities Council.
The Maumee resident retired in 2006.