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Van Cromphout, Gustaaf 1938–2005

Van Cromphout, Gustaaf 1938–2005

OBITUARY NOTICE—See index for CA sketch: Born March 22, 1938, in Belgium; died of complications following a brain hemorrhage, September 1, 2005, in Rockford, IL. Educator and author. An English professor at Northern Illinois University, Van Cromphout was a scholar of American transcendentalism and comparative literature. He graduated from the University of Ghent with bachelor's and master's degrees before moving to the United States. He then completed his doctorate at the University of Minnesota. He joined the faculty at Northern Illinois in 1968 and remained there for the rest of his life. A beloved teacher who was fluent in a dozen languages, he was presented with his university's Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award in 1979. Van Cromphout was the author of Emerson's Modernity and the Example of Goethe (1990) and Emerson's Ethics (1999).



Chicago Sun-Times, September 4, 2005.


Northern Illinois University Web site, (September 12, 2005).

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