Christendom mourns the passing of Dr. Mitchell Kalpakgian, who taught Enlgish Language & Literature courses at Christendom in the early ‘90s. Kalpakgian was a noted Shakespeare expert, author, and lover of children’s literature. He passed away at the age of 77 due to complications with leukemia, surrounded by his children.

Kalpakgian, a native of New England and the son of Armenian immigrants, earned his B.A. in English from Bowdoin College, his M.A. from the University of Kansas, and his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. Before coming to Christendom, Kalpakgian taught at Simpson College for thirty-one years. He also taught at Magdalen College, and was a visiting professor of Humanities at Wyoming Catholic College from 2007-2009.

Kalpakgian was also heavily involved with Seton Home Study School, designing Seton’s Shakespeare course and taking time to grade the Shakespeare and other high school English courses at Seton. An author as well, Kalpakgian wrote The Virtues We Need AgainThe Mysteries of Life in Children’s LiteratureAn Armenian Family Reunion, and The Lost Arts of Modern Civilization.

A multiple academic honoree, Kalpakgian was granted the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar Fellowship, the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship, and an award from the National Endowment for the Humanities Institute on Children’s Literature.

May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Read the article he wrote about Christendom College in the New Oxford Review, titled “A Catholic Alternative to Decadent Colleges,” here.

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