Academic journal article Thomas Wolfe Review

In Memoriam

Academic journal article Thomas Wolfe Review

In Memoriam

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Mary Westall Large, a cousin of Thomas Wolfe and a longtime member of the TWS, died 4 February 2010 in Augusta, Georgia. She was 93. Born in Asheville on 20 July 1916--during the catastrophic flood that her cousin described in his fiction, notably in Antaeus, or A Memory of Earth (TWS, 1996)--Large graduated from Asheville High School at age 15. At Randolph-Macon Woman's College (now Randolph College) in Lynchburg, Virginia, she majored in Latin and English, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and graduated summa cum laude in 1936. She took just one year to earn a master's degree from Columbia University, and it was there that she met law student Edwin K. Large Jr. They were married in Asheville on 4 September 1937 and moved to New York, where Mrs. Large worked for the CEO of Richardson Merrill, the makers of Vicks products, and for Charles Scribner's Sons. In 1939 the couple moved to Flemington, New Jersey, and Mr. Large joined his uncle's law firm (which had served as the local office for the prosecution in the Lindbergh kidnapping trial a few years earlier). Mary Large was the mother of three, taught English and Latin at Hunterdon Central High School in Flemington, and was active in area Girl Scouting. She was a member of the Flemington Presbyterian Church, where she became one of the first women elders ordained in the Presbytery of New Brunswick, and she took graduate courses at Princeton Theological Seminary in the 1970s. She served as a volunteer at the Hunterdon Medical Center in Flemington from its founding in the mid-1950s until the Larges moved to Georgia in 1997. Her volunteer work was recognized by the New Jersey State Legislature in the early '90s when she became one of Hunterdon County's Volunteers of the Year. She is survived by her husband, Edwin K. Large Jr. of Evans, Georgia; two daughters, Marianne L. Newman of Asheville, and Catherine L. Wetstein (Mrs. Arthur) of Flemington, New Jersey; and a son, John R. Large, and his wife, Aileen, of Princeton, New Jersey.

Frank Mason, who died 16 June 2009 at age 88, was an internationally renowned artist and instructor. His works hang in the U.S. Embassy in London, the church of San Giovanni de Malta in Venice, and New West on the UNC campus in Chapel Hill (the latter being his portrait of Thomas Wolfe, unveiled by the Di-Phi Societies in 1979). A member of the TWS for many years, Mason allowed his Wolfe lithograph--based on the portrait at UNC--to be used for the cover of nine issues of this journal beginning in fall 1982. …

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