Alan Stubbs Trueblood died at the Forest Farm Nursing Center in Middletown on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. He had resided on Willow Avenue in Little Compton for many years.
He was born in Haverford, Pennsylvania, on May 3, 1917. His parents were Howard Moffat Trueblood and Louise Nyitray Trueblood. He was raised in Dobbs Ferry, New York. Alan survived his two brothers, Kenneth Trueblood and Howard Trueblood.
Mr. Trueblood was a graduate of Harvard University, Class of 1938. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, he was promptly awarded the prestigious Shelton Traveling Scholarship, which enabled him to take courses in Europe after the outbreak of World War II. He returned to Harvard as a teaching fellow in French and completed his Master of Arts Degree in 1941. During World War II, he joined the United States Navy and spent his two and a half year naval career largely in the Mediterranean. In the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, he was appointed educational director of the Chilean – U.S. Institute in Santiago in 1942-1943. He completed his doctorate at Harvard in 1951.
He served as a faculty member at Brown University for over 35 years in the departments of Hispanic Studies and Comparative Literature. He arrived at Brown University in 1947 and retired in 1985. He became an assistant professor in 1951, an associate professor in 1955 and a full professor a short time later. He chaired the Department of Comparative Literature for a number of years in the 1970s. After his career as an active faculty member, he became professor emeritus of Hispanic Studies and Comparative Literature in 1982 and continued as adjunct professor in both departments after his official retirement.
Mr. Trueblood was considered a model senior colleague and man of letters, widely esteemed for his work in early modern studies and also as a translator of great stature. He was fluent in at least four romance languages and mastered a vast range of literatures. His colleagues stress the warmth and generosity of spirit that he consistently showed to faculty, staff, students and their families. He was the author of two major studies in the field of Spanish literature, Experience and Artistic Expression in Lope De Vega: The Making of La Dorotea, published by Harvard University Press and Letter and Spirit in Hispanic Writers: Renaissance to Civil War Selected Essays, published by Tamesis Books, as well as important translations: Antonio Machado: Selected Poems, A Sor Juana Anthology, and La Dorotea, all published by Harvard University Press. In addition, he authored translations of the poets Luis De Gongora and Federico Garcia Lorca.
He was an avid gardener and was a long term member of the choir at the United Congregational Church.
He is survived by his cousins Eric Nyitray, of Southbury, Conn., Debra Coady of Arlington, Mass., and Emily Cousins of Hadley Woods, Barnet Herts, England, and his sister-in-law, Jean Trueblood, of California. He is also survived by his faithful caregiver, Shirley Medeiros, of Little Compton.
A gravesite service will be held at the Union Cemetery in Little Compton on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at 11:30 a.m. followed by a reception at the United Congregational Church, located at 1 Commons, Little Compton, RI 02837. Donations may be made to the United Congregational Church in memory of Alan S. Trueblood.