Nice article on Allan Casson ’53, who passed away two weeks ago.

Upon retirement, Casson was reading Dante’s “Divine Comedy” in Italian and Virgil’s “Aeneid” in Latin, said David Eggenschwiler, a former USC professor and a close friend of Casson’s for more than 40 years.

He especially enjoyed Shakespearean literature, novels by Ford Madox Ford and the poetry of James Joyce, Cheng said.

During his college career, he was a ranked college tennis player and continued to play throughout his life.

Outside of academia, he led a very private life. He did, however, enjoy “a good conversation, a good game of tennis and a good martini,” Cheng said.

Cheng said that as a friend, he “always enjoyed (Casson’s) understated, quiet and wickedly funny sense of humor.”

“I and his friends continue to use his phrases still,” Eggenschwiler said.

He was also an avid gardener and often brought flowers from his garden for the English department office.

Seems like a life well-lived.

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