Academic journal article Bulletin of the Comediantes

TRIBUTES: Thomas A. Lathrop (D. February 17, 2012, at Age 72)

Academic journal article Bulletin of the Comediantes

TRIBUTES: Thomas A. Lathrop (D. February 17, 2012, at Age 72)

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Tom Lathrop: Personal Recollections

Looking back over a forty-year acquaintance, working relationship, and friendship with Tom Lathrop, certain moments come to the fore: one in particular when I learned of his passing. During a Cervantes conference at UCLA, some years back, he and I were walking together across campus when we reached a modest incline. He paused during that ascent to catch his breath and mentioned some "minor chest pains." I took this to be a bad omen, and indeed it probably was.

It was at that same conference that he and Dan Eisenberg engaged in a debate that was, to my mind, the highlight of the entire proceedings. It was funny yet serious, for each of them clearly believed his perspective was the right one concerning intentionality. They were good friends, as we all knew, so there was no real acrimony, although they gave every appearance of being ready to cross swords.

I shall never forget a moment at the AIH meeting in Barcelona when Tom approached me after my paper to state that he thought I was "coo-coo nuts. …

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