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Eddy W. Dow

Eddy W. Dow, 85, of Philadelphia, a retired professor of American literature at Rutgers University–Camden, passed away of liver disease on June 9, 2015, at home. He was 85.

Dow retired in 1993 following a 29-year career at Rutgers.

Born in Gaylord, Michigan, he earned a bachelor's degree at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, a master's in English at the University of Iowa in 1954, and, after studying at Oxford University in England, a doctorate in American civilization at the University of Pennsylvania in 1965.

His doctoral dissertation focused on the early career of Lewis Mumford, best known for his work The City in History, which won a National Book Award in 1961.

A friend, Geoffrey Sill, an English professor at Rutgers–Camden, said, "Two articles by Mr. Dow, one in the journal American Literature (1973) and one in South Atlantic Quarterly (1977), helped a larger audience understand the sources and implications of Mumford's writings."

Dow's article in American Literature won a Norman Foerster Prize in 1973, given annually by the Modern Language Association (MLA) for the best essay in that journal.

"He often wove the experience of the city, especially Philadelphia, into his courses, which were taken by residents of South Jersey, many of whom had never visited the city's theaters, restaurants, or museums," Sill said.

Besides being a member of the MLA, Sill said, Dow was a member of the American Civil Liberties Union.

He is survived by a sister, Miriam Gene Philleo, and a nephew.

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