Lore Metzger, College's first
female full professor, dies at 71

The Emory community lost one of its most beloved pioneers Jan. 31 when Lore Metzger, retired Candler Professor of English and Comparative Literature, died at her Decatur home of complications from breast cancer. She was 71.

In 1968, Metzger began teaching in the College as its first female full professor. Sixteen years later, she founded the Emory Women's Caucus to address issues of equity and justice for women at Emory. She also was instrumental in developing the plan that became the Women's Studies Program. She served as president of the University Senate, chair of the University Research Committee and president of the Emory chapter of the American Association of University Professors.

As a scholar, Metzger focused her major work on English Romantic literature. She edited five volumes of the Marginalia in The Collected Works of S.T. Coleridge, with special emphasis on Coleridge's complicated use of German texts.

Former English department chair Walter Reed recognized Metzger's numerous contributions to the University during a retirement reception held for her in 1992.

"Lore Metzger has earned the respect, admiration, loyalty and gratitude of generations of Emory students who have had the privilege of studying literature and its discontents under her shrewd, infectiously good-humored and endlessly provocative direction," Reed said. "Most of all, Lore Metzger will be remembered by those throughout the University for whom she has been a courageous and outspoken advocate, people who could not speak for themselves or were underrepresented in our institutional structures."

Metzger is survived by her sister, Margot Rose of Marco Island, Fla.

The body was cremated, and no funeral service was held. Metzger requested that contributions be made to Atlanta Citizen Advocacy Inc., 1020 DeKalb Ave. N.E., Atlanta, Ga. 30307.

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