Carol E. Gesner, Ph.D.

October 1, 2019


Carol Gesner Ph.D.

Carol Gesner passed away October 1, 2019 at the age of 97.

Born in Panama to Elsie and Ralph Gesner, she earned her BA from New Jersey City University in 1944, her Masters from the University of New Hampshire and her Ph.D. in English from Louisiana State University in 1956. 

Carol's world was the classics.  As a Professor of English literature at Berea College in Berea Kentucky, she shared her love of Shakespeare, Chaucer and many other literary topics with her students.    She also wrote Shakespeare & the Greek Romance (1970), Plymouth (1976) and Plymouth and The Palimpsest:A View From Berea Ridge (2002) and many scholarly papers.

After retiring from Berea College in 1998, Carol moved to Palm Beach Gardens, Florida to be closer to her family.  Always the academic, she gave lectures at her church on the New Testament and was deeply connected to her church community.

Carol is survived by her sister Lilian Elaine Rieur, nephews Paul and Renan Rieur, niece Ellen Rieur Kolarik and 5 assorted grandnieces and grandnephews.

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Graveside Service
October 9, 2019

10:00 AM
Arlington Cemetery
Schuyler Ave.
Kearny, NJ 07032

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