Monday, May 14, 2012

Robert Benchley Society Shocked by Death of Gordon Ernst

I regret to inform you that Gordon Ernst died unexpectedly this past weekend, Mother's Day weekend. Gordon was Authories/Cataloging Librarian at West Virginia University and the notice to the Robert Benchley Society of his death was made in an email from the Head of the Cataloging Department received a few minutes ago.

In addition to his professional duties at the University, Gordon was the world's leading scholar on Robert Benchley. He was the author of Robert Benchley: An Annotated Bibliography and at the time his death was serving as a Director of the Robert Benchley Society. He was a long-time, well-beloved member of the Society and we all shall miss him terribly.

I'll post more information as soon as it becomes available.

-- David Trumbull


Ed Tasca said...

David, may we post some comments on the website? I too am shocked. while I only met him a few times, there was something uncannily "Robert Benchley" about him. I think he would have liked to have that noted as a tribute to him.

Ed Tasca

Agata Stanford said...

Oh, I'm so sad to hear that! He was always kind and knowledgeable and helpful to me in my research for my books. What a lose to Benchley lovers. My sympathies to his friends and family.
Agata Stanford

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