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Edward Orth Doughtie

Strafford, Vt. — Edward Orth Doughtie reluctantly left this life on Wednesday, March 26, 2014.

He was born in 1935 in Columbus, Ga., where he attended public schools, and where he began to enjoy his lifelong love of literature and music. He earned degrees at Duke and Harvard Universities and studied in England on a Fulbright fellowship.

In 1963, he took a job in the English department of Rice University. There he rose to the rank of full professor before retiring in 2001. While at Rice, he served as editor of the journal Studies in English Literature and co-master of Will Rice College. He published three scholarly books and a number of articles and reviews.

In retirement, he began writing fiction and published several short stories in literary magazines. He also completed four novels that are as yet unpublished. Throughout his life he enjoyed playing viola and violin, especially in string quartets.

In 1957, he married his beloved wife, Andrea Chalverus, who survives him, as do their children, Gavin Doughtie and his wife Jill of Santa Monica, Calif., Alison Doughtie and her husband, John Bartle, of Utica, N.Y.; and five grandchildren, Spencer, Taylor, and Thomas Doughtie, and Mason and Emma Bartle. He is also survived by a sister, Frances Westbrook; and several nieces and cousins.

At the request of the deceased there will be no memorial service. Donations may be made to Morrill Memorial and Harris Library in Strafford 05072 and the Upper Valley Music Center P.O. Box 826, Lebanon, NH 03766.