Alan Gaylord, the Winkley Professor of Anglo-Saxon and English Language and Literature emeritus at Dartmouth College, died peacefully Jan. 5, 2017. He was 83.
Gaylord graduated from Pomona College in 1954 and earned a Ph.D. in English from Princeton in 1959. From 1959 to 1965, he was a member of the English department at the University of Michigan. He was then a professor of English at Dartmouth from 1966 until he retired as professor emeritus.
He was a respected medievalist and well-liked professor who taught and published on a wide variety of topics, from Chaucer to William Morris to Robert Frost. He also played a vital role in establishing the Dartmouth Film Society.
In retirement at the Medford Leas community, Gaylord served on the residents’ council. He was a member of the Chamber Music Committee and the LeasMusiCast Committee and wrote film and program notes.
He is survived by his wife, Linda; four children; and four grandchildren. His first wife, Beverly, the mother of his children, predeceased him in 2011.
Graduate memorials are prepared by the APGA.