Obituaries

John Pappas
Died: Dec 9, 2012
The family and friends of John Pappas will gather at 10 AM on Friday, December 21, 2012 at the HERITAGE FUNERAL HOME, Morrissey Drive, Putnam Valley.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 AM at the Church of the North American Martyrs and interment will follow at Assumption Cemetery.

Biography:
John Pappas benefitted from the G.I Bill following his military service in World War II, and completed his studies at Columbia University in New York, obtaining a Doctorate in French Literature in 1955. His thesis director, Otis Fellows, became a life-long friend.
During his studies he worked as a teacher at Lycée Faidherbe in Lille, France (1951-2). Later, with a Fullbright grant, he gave conferences in Dakar and at the American Cultural Center in Paris.


 

He held teaching positions at Indiana University (Bloomington), the University of Pennsylvania, Fordham University, and also taught at the University of the Sorbonne (Paris 3) from 1977 to 1979.

Scholar and specialist of the Eighteenth Century, John Pappas published ground-breaking work about D'Alembert and his correspondence. He was distinguished by the Chevalier des palmes académiques (1970).

 

His publications include Berthier's Journal de Trevoux and the Philosophes (1957), Voltaire and D'Alembert (1962), Inventaire de la correspondance de D'Alembert (1986), and as editor, Essays on Diderot and the Enlightenment in Honor of Otis Fellows (1974).

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