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In Memory of Dr. Edwin Sheldon Gould (1926–2011)

Posted Nov. 16, 2011
Dr. Edwin Sheldon Gould, chemistry professor, poet, and musician, died October 11, 2011, at his home in Kent, Ohio. He had retired just three months earlier from his teaching post at Kent State University, where he taught chemistry since 1967. Dr. Gould was granted the highest title of University Professor in 1982 and earned the Distinguished Honors Faculty Teaching Award in 1996 and the Distinguished Scholar Award in 2004.

A beloved professor and internationally acclaimed scholar, Edwin was also a talented violinist and a gifted poet. He published several chapbooks and participated in Kent's monthly poetry readings and Wick Poetry Center events, giving several readings himself.

In honor of Edwin's life and his many inspiring contributions to Kent's writing community, the Wick Poetry Center and the Kent State University Press created a broadside of his poem, "Subversive Advice for a Young Colleague," which was presented to his wife Carol Gould on October 29, 2011; a second copy is on display in the Wick Poetry Center in Satterfield Hall.

Edwin was a great friend and inspiring mentor to many in the Kent Community. With his signature red converse sneakers, bow ties, and colorful wool sweaters, Edwin taught us all by example—by being himself, a deeply passionate, kind, and humane teacher, scholar, musician, and poet.

David Hassler, Director, Wick Poetry Center

"Edwin's poems are concerned with what Randall Jarrell called the dailiness of life, how we make our way through the world, how memory lives in us. Edwin loved to couch truth in humor. He found that in academe, his students, domestic life, his passion for music, and in his deep heart's core." [full text]

—Dr. Maj Ragain, poetry instructor and moderator of local poetry readings, which Edwin attended

"Edwin wrote some of the sharpest poems I have ever read about the joys of teaching, the love of listening to and playing music, and the inanities of academic life. Indeed, Edwin taught me a great deal, and he delighted me always." [full text]

—Maggie Anderson, English professor emerita and former director of the Wick Poetry Center