Spring Hill College mourns loss of Dr. Charles Kargleder, Professor Emeritus of Foreign Languages

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 9:15am
Dr. Charles Kargleder

MOBILE, Ala. – Longtime Spring Hill College Professor Dr. Charles Kargleder died Saturday, May 19, 2012.  He taught in the Department of Foreign Languages from 1967 until 2012. He served the college and its students conscientiously as a teacher, advisor, department and division chairperson, and a member of numerous faculty committees and college task forces.

Kargleder was too ill to attend the May 5 commencement ceremony, where he was named Professor Emeritus for his 45 years of service to the college.

“Dr. Kargleder shared the best of his life with students and colleagues at Spring Hill College,” said Provost Dr. George Sims at commencement. “His love of learning – a love he focused on the literatures and cultures of Latin America – was evident in the classes he taught, in his scholarship, and in the conversations he had with colleagues every day. Dr. Kargleder generously shared his great love of learning with us all.”

Kargleder devoted much of his life to the study, research and teaching of Spanish and Spanish-American literature. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of South Dakota in 1960. He earned a Master of Arts degree in romance languages from the University of Alabama in 1962 and his doctorate in the same subject from UA in 1968. Kargleder served as a graduate fellow twice at UA and, through the years, was a grant reviewer for the National Endowment for the Humanities.

In the 1960s and ’70s, Kargleder traveled to Central America where he did extensive research in the national library of Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. In addition, he spoke across the country and gave numerous papers about Mexican writers and figures from the Mexican Revolution. Active in the study abroad program, Kargleder was a program coordinator for Spanish and served as director for the program in the Yucatan.

Kargleder was named the 2005-2007 Altmayer Endowed Chair in Literature, which recognizes a faculty member who has fostered an understanding and appreciation of literature through teaching, scholarly contributions and his own creation of literary works.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 24 at Radney Funeral Home, 3155 Dauphin Street, Mobile. Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial celebrating the life of Kargleder will take place at 11 a.m. Friday, May 25 in St. Joseph Chapel at Spring Hill College, followed by a reception in the Gautrelet Room.