Dan Aaron, August 4, 1912 – April 30, 2016 - 5. 2. 16

Our beloved colleague – angelic friend, great scholar, gentle  wit – Dan Aaron left us on Saturday 30 April. Dan, PhD ’43, was Victor S. Thomas Professor of English and American Literature Emeritus. He taught at Harvard between 1971 and 1983, and remained a constant, enlivening, evergreen presence in our community until last week.

– James Simpson, Donald P. and Katherine B. Loker Professor of English

Harvard Professor Emeritus Daniel Aaron is pictured in his Barker Center office, where he continues to work every week. Aaron, who is 98 and the father of American Studies, arrived at Harvard as a graduate student in 1933. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer

Photo Courtesy of Stephanie Mitchell