College mourns passing of Distinguished Professor Emeritus Arthur H. Cash

It is with sadness that the College shares the news of the passing of Distinguished Professor Emeritus professor Arthur H. Cash. Cash, who taught for more than 40 years in the English Department at SUNY New Paltz, died Thursday in Watch Hill, R.I. He was 94.

The author of a two-volume biography of the English novelist Laurence Sterne, Cash became a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2007 for his biography of the 18th-century English radical John Wilkes.

He taught at the University of Colorado, the University of New Mexico and Colorado State University before joining SUNY New Paltz in 1967. He taught courses in Ancient Greek and Roman Literature the Bible. His commentaries upon the Old Testament and Epistle lessons were published weekly at Holy Wisdom Monastery in Madison, Wisconsin; St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church at the University of Rhode Island; and St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in West Harlem.

 In 1989 he was named a SUNY Distinguished Professor. Cash retired in 1997.

Cash attended the University of Chicago on the G.I. Bill, earning a bachelor’s degree in 1948. He was awarded a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1950 and a doctorate from Columbia in 1961.

“Professor Cash made remarkable contributions as a teacher, scholar and public intellectual,” said President Donald P. Christian. “We’re proud that he was part of the fabric of SUNY New Paltz.”

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