Kenneth F. Happe ’58, associate professor emeritus of classics, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 24. He was 78.
After having spent close to 50 years at Holy Cross—first as a transfer student from a Jesuit seminary and then as a faculty member teaching in the classics department and staging more than 30 theatrical productions on campus — Prof. Happe retired in 2001.
Prof. Happe graduated from Holy Cross in 1958, then received his PhD in classics from Yale University in 1963.
During his career, he formed many strong connections with students who shared his passionate and wide-ranging interests in literature, theatre, and travel. Known for his wit and generosity, he maintained friendships with alumni over the years, often visiting them during his frequent worldwide travels.
Calling hours are Thursday, June 27, from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday, June 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Miles Funeral Home, 1158 Main St., Holden, Mass. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 29, at St. Mary’s Church, 114 Princeton St., Jefferson, Mass.
A complete obituary will appear in the fall issue of Holy Cross Magazine. If you have a special memory or story about Professor Happe, you are welcome to share it by leaving a comment below or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Remembrances may appear in the magazine or in an online tribute.
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