English Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences School of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts

Memorial to Honor Ruth Prigozy

4 p.m., Monday, April 30

Family members, colleagues and former students will gather to honor Professor Emerita of English Ruth Prigozy, who passed away in July 2017. She was one of the world’s leading experts on the life and work of F. Scott Fitzgerald and a scholar of popular literature and film.  The memorial will take place on 4 p.m., Monday, April 30, 2018, at the Lowenfeld Conference and Exhibition Hall, 10th floor, Axinn Library, South Campus.

During her 41 years at Hofstra, Dr. Prigozy directed or co-directed seven major Hofstra Cultural Center conferences (a record among the Hofstra faculty) on topics as diverse as Alfred Hitchcock, Agatha Christie, John Steinbeck, and Bing Crosby.

In 1992 she co-founded the F. Scott Fitzgerald Society with Jackson Bryer of the University of Maryland and Alan Margolies of CUNY and served as the organization’s executive director until 2013.

Her publications include the 2006 book The Life of Dick Haymes: No More Little White Lies; 2001’s Cambridge Companion to F. Scott Fitzgerald, which she edited; and the 2004 biography F. Scott Fitzgerald. She also wrote introductions and afterwards for many reprintings of Fitzgerald’s classics.

She was a recipient of the Teacher of the Year Award and served for many years as an officer in Hofstra’s AAUP chapter. In 2010, as part of Hofstra’s 75th anniversary celebration, she was named to the University’s Honor Roll, a list of employees, alumni and friends who have had the most significant impact on the history of Hofstra. Read the Newsday obituary

For more information about the memorial, call the English Department at 516-463-5454.


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