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University of Houston - Clear Lake
Thomas McCall Memorial
News Release
Monday, February 14, 2011

Celebration set to honor UHCL prof’s life


HOUSTON — Alumni and community friends can celebrate the life of University of Houston-Clear Lake Associate Professor of Literature Thomas McCall during a special event scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 24, 4-6 p.m. in the university’s Garden Room, Bayou Building, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., Houston. McCall died suddenly Jan. 25.


McCall joined the university in 1991. He also held visiting positions at Cornell University’s Society for the Humanities, the Universidad de Valladolid in Spain, and the University of Erfurt in Germany. His many publications in English and German won him international attention. A master of languages, he was fluent in Russian, French, Spanish, Arabic and, most recently, Nepali.


“He had the respect of leading figures in his field and the admiration of a devoted group of students at UH-Clear Lake,” said Professor of Literature Kevin McNamara, a colleague of McCall’s. “For all that, he was extremely modest.


“He was a great colleague, a dear friend, and one of the funniest people I’ve known.”


An accomplished trekker and climber, McCall died shortly after his return to Houston from Nepal where he had been climbing in the Himalayas for the fifth time. In a 2005 Egret magazine article about his adventures, McCall said about hiking and climbing, “I do it for the intense beauty of it.”


For more information about the celebration, call 281-283-3300.

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