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English Department Emeritus Legacy Award

Raised toward our $6,500 Goal
31 Donors
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Project ended on May 13, at 11:59 PM EDT
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English Department Emeritus Legacy Award

Our Project

Established and funded by members of the English department and alumni (along with generous founding support from the provost), the English Department Emeritus Legacy Award honors a top graduating senior major in our program. It is made in recognition of the emeriti faculty members who have contributed so deeply to our department’s longstanding mission to instill in students an appreciation of literature and recognize its relation to one’s life, spirit and values. This inaugural award is made in the name of John M. Walsh, Ph.D. '68, upon whom, with the unanimous recommendation of the department, President Cornacchia has bestowed the title of professor emeritus. Dr. Walsh, a graduate of Saint Peter’s and a double bene merenti recipient, is a Medieval scholar and former department chair, and a longtime member of the Faculty Senate leadership team.

Why Give?

​Please join us in honoring Dr. Walsh’s longtime service to Saint Peter’s by giving to this student award fund. As the following testimonials reflect, Dr. Walsh has had a remarkable and ongoing impact on his students, many of whom see and express his influence on their own teaching efforts. Helping us build upon the initial $4,500 given in support of this fund (established by members of the English department, Dr. Paul Almonte and Dr. Kathleen Monahan, and the Provost, Dr. Gerry O’Sullivan) will ensure a lasting legacy for John and future emeriti grantees.


“With a quiet yet passionate delivery, so many books came alive for me through Dr. Walsh’s teaching. Undoubtedly, my most indelible memories were his readings and analyses of The Canterbury Tales.  His passion was infectious and I aspire to bring that same passion to my work with my students.”

 – Deirdre Power Van Deursen '09

“Dr. Walsh, you have given me so much to treasure and so many things I can share with my students. I am forever in your debt. Thank you so much for giving me the confidence to teach students works that do not fit in 140 characters, and for sharing your knowledge and your laugh.”

 – Meredith Flock '09

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Alisouns and Absolons

Friends of "The Miller's Tale" from Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales


Prioresses and Parsons

From Friends of The Canterbury Tales


"Friends" of the Wife of Bath

From additional fans of Chaucer's characters and tales


Guineveres and Gawains

From friends of lovers and knights (green or otherwise)


Knights of the Roundtable

For a seat at King Arthur's table


“Pearls of Great Price”

Lovers of the "Gawain Poet"