Rippy, Frances (Marguerite) Mayhew 1929-2003

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RIPPY, Frances (Marguerite) Mayhew 1929-2003

OBITUARY NOTICE—See index for CA sketch: Born September 16, 1929, in Fort Worth, TX; died December 20, 2003, in Fort Worth, TX. Educator and author. Rippy was a professor emeritus of Ball State University and a specialist in eighteenth-century British literature. Completing her B.A. at Texas Christian University, she did her graduate work at Vanderbilt University, earning an M.A. in 1951 and Ph.D. in 1957. Her teaching career began at Texas Christian, where she was an English instructor from 1953 to 1955, and at Lamar State University, where she taught English until 1959. Rippy joined the Ball State faculty as an assistant professor in 1959, becoming a full professor of English in 1969 and retiring in 2001. She also served as director of the English department's graduate programs from 1964 to 1987 and was coeditor of the Ball State Forum from 1960 to 1989. As a writer, Rippy focused especially on the works of Matthew Prior and Christopher Fry, contributing to several books and journals and publishing the book Matthew Prior in 1979.



Chronicle of Higher Education, January 9, 2004,
p. A41.


Ball State University Web site, (January 16, 2004).