Lewis Kamm, 68, chancellor professor emeritus of French literature and language at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, died peacefully on July 8, 2013, at his Tiverton home with his family by his side after a courageous three-year battle against a rare cancer. He was the beloved husband of Anne Marie (Larrivee) Kamm for 39 years.
Dr. Kamm was born in New York City and grew up in New Jersey. He received his Ph.D. from Brown University and then taught at UMD from 1971 to 2007. The recipient of eight national awards for his achievements in teaching and scholarship, he was widely admired as a renaissance man and an inspiring teacher whose devotion to his students was matched by his diversity in the classroom. Colleagues repeatedly called on him to offer courses in computer science, women’s studies, education, and English. He was awarded numerous grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities to develop NEH Summer Seminars for Teachers on literature, film, and art, and thus left his impact on school systems around the country.
The university chose Dr. Kamm to head up the creation of its Master of Arts in Teaching Program, implemented in 1995, and of which he served as the director. He held many other leadership positions, including as chairman of Foreign Literature and Languages, director of the Humanities Program, president of the Faculty Senate, and associate dean of arts and sciences. He was also a prolific author, contributing more than sixty scholarly publications, and was on the editorial board of two professional journals at the time of his passing.
Dr. Kamm was a devoted father and grandfather whose biggest joys in life were sailing, skiing, and hiking National Park trails with his family, walking beaches with his Australian cattle dogs, Zoloft and Magnet, and playing 16 years in the RI Senior Softball League.
Survivors include two sons, Thomas Kidd (Jacqueline) of Los Angeles and Jeffrey Kidd (Tina) of Las Cruces, NM, a brother, Bob (Andrea) of Los Osos, Calif.; grandson, Benjamin Kidd (Anna Marion) and great grandson, Logan Kidd of Little Compton, two brothers-in-law, Maurice Larrivee (Susan) of Assonet, Mass., and Robert Larrivee of Marlboro, Vt.; a sister-in-law, Claire Kamm, of New York City, and several nieces and nephews.
Final arrangements are private. Memorial donations may be sent to the Providence Animal Rescue League, 34 Elbow St. Providence, RI 02903. For more information and online guestbook, please visit OlsonParent.com.