Dr. John David Erickson Ph.D.

Tuesday 9th of January 1934 - Wednesday 8th of September 2021

Dr. John David Erickson Ph.D.

Dr. John David Erickson, Ph.D. (87), of Lexington passed away on September 8, 2021. Born January 9, 1934, in Aiken Minnesota, he was the son of the late August and Agnes Erickson.


John was Professor in the UK Dept. of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures and Cultures from 1995-2012. The author of several 20th- and 21st- century monographs and studies on French and Francophone literature and culture, John was one of the first scholars in the US to write on and translate African francophone texts (Nommo: African Fiction in French South of the Sahara, 1979). He also taught at the University of Kansas, LSU, Rice University. As a graduate student at the University of Minnesota, he founded and was the Editor for more than 40 years of what has become a major scholarly journal of French and Francophone studies, L’Esprit Créateur. In recognition of his multiple contributions, the Republic of France honored John by naming him Chevalier de l’ordre des palmes académiques.


Left to cherish his memory is John’s wife, Suzanne Pucci, daughters, Cassandra Erickson and Catherine (Bryan) Toon; his step-children Emilia Pucci and Giovanni Pucci; and 3 grandchildren, Veronica, Rachel and Robert.


A Memorial service will be held at a later date. Any contributions in John’s name would be welcome for the Southern Poverty Law Center or The Nature Conservancy.

*Image: The Rue Motorgueil in Paris. Celebration of June 30, 1878 by Claude Monet, 1878 

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