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A memorial for Virginia Spencer Carr

I was so saddened to hear about the death of Virginia Spencer Carr.

My friend Roger Harris, who is now working for the company that administers the SAT tests, emailed me to let me know about her death.

I asked if there was going to be a memorial service in Columbus. He said there was only a small, family service in Massachusetts.

Now, I find out that there will be a memorial.

A celebration of the life of the Virginia Spencer Carr is set for 4-6 p.m. May 11 in the Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians, 1519 Stark Ave. The center and the Columbus State University Department of English are hosting the memorial.

Dr. Carr died on April 11 in Lynn, Mass., at age 82.

The remembrance service will be officiated by David Johnson, a retired CSU English professor and one of Carr's former colleagues. David is one of my favorite people in the world.

Dr. Carr was a professor at CSU from 1969-85. She conducted intensive research and wrote about McCullers, which culminated in a biography, "The Lonely Hunter."

She always told me to call her Virginia. I just could never bring myself to do it. To me, she was always Dr. Carr.

She was very, very smart, of course, but she was also fun-loving, with a great sense of humor and was always very kind and nice. Whenever I needed her help with a story, she always graciously agreed. Getting her was another story. She was always so busy, so we often played phone tag. But both of us perservered and I always got my story.

No, I never took any of her classes. I should have.

The center will announce a new scholarship in Dr. Carr's honor.

Courtney George, the center's director, said she wants anyone who has a Dr. Carr story to come and tell the story.

It should be a very interesting memorial.

Call 706-565-4021.

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