[ilds] Fw: [HELLAS-GREECE:9751] Mary Keeley passed away recently

Richard Pine rpinecorfu at yahoo.com
Fri Nov 2 04:19:58 PDT 2012

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From: June Samaras <june.samaras at gmail.com>
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Subject: [HELLAS-GREECE:9751] Mary Keeley passed away recently
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From: Van Steen, Gonda <gonda at ufl.edu>
Date: Thu, Nov 1, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Dear friends,

It is with great sadness that we share with you the news of the recent
death of Mary Keeley. Our thoughts go out to Mike in this time of

Below follows a brief obituary, which was forwarded to us by a member
of the American Farm School:

Mary Stathatos-Kyris Keeley, who died on Oct. 25, 2012, was a
life-long devotee of Modern Greek and French literature. She was born
of Greek parents in Alexandria, Egypt, and earned her baccalaureate at
the local French Lycée. She entered Oxford University at St. Hugh's
College in 1949 with a major in Modern Greek and French Literature and
graduated with a Bachelor's degree in those subjects in l952. By that
time she had met her husband, Edmund "Mike" Keeley, the other Oxford
student in Modern Greek.

The couple moved to Providence, RI, where Mike began his career as a
university professor of English at Brown University. In 1954, Mary and
Mike settled in Princeton, where they contributed to the university's
Hellenic Studies community for decades. Mary taught Modern Greek at
Princeton University for several years and also served for a number of
years as secretary to the Music Department and to the Near Eastern
Studies Program.

Mary became a sought-after translator of Modern Greek literature and
published a number of translations over the years, including the
well-received Vassilis Vassilikos trilogy, The Plant, the Well, the
Angel, his novel The Monarch, and a volume of the correspondence of
Dimitris Mitropoulos.

Mary also collaborated on the translation of contemporary Greek poets,
among these the Nobel laureate George Seferis and the poets Manolis
Anagnostakis and Katerina Angelaki-Rooke.

Mary was always a gracious hostess who brought the sun to those who
came to her home on Littlebrook Road and a generous friend to
travelers from Princeton and elsewhere who shared her annual journeys
to Greece and her broad knowledge of its delights. She was also a
devoted and loyal wife to her husband of 61 years.

Gonda Van Steen
University of Florida
Dept. of Classics and Center for Greek Studies
125 Dauer Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611-7435
Tel. 352-273-3796
Fax 352-846-0297

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