Loyola mourns loss of longtime English professor

Services were held Tuesday for Sharon K. Walsh, 69, a longtime Loyola University Chicago English professor.

Here are the details of her life from Donnellan Family Funeral Services:

Sharon K. Walsh, of Chicago, died Monday July 25, 2011.

Wife of Richard Hartenstein; sister of Mary Beth (the late Roger) Rule; aunt of Sheryl Sanders, Kathryn Cross, John Rule and Jenifer Rule; great aunt of Payton, Brennen and Nicholas Cross and Matthew, Emily, Erin and Leah Rule.

Sharon received her M.A. and Ph.D in English from the University of Chicago, specializing in rhetorical criticism. She began her teaching career at the secondary level and has taught at several colleges, including 28 years at Loyola University Chicago, where she was an adjunct professor. At Loyola she taught literature courses such as Introduction to Fiction, her area of expertise, and Human Values in Literature and freshman writing courses.

As a teacher Sharon maintained the highest standards, requiring that all of her students do their best possible work. She was devoted to helping her students write well and spent many hours with them in individual conferences.

Over the years Sharon was involved in every Writing Program initiative. In particular she conceived and for fifteen years directed the “Shared Text Project”, in which students come together through shared readings and activities such as symposia and panels related to the common text. This program now a central part of the Freshman Writing Program, achieved great success because Sharon said it was organized from “the bottom up” – that is, it was driven by the ideas and enthusiasm of the teachers who taught it.

From 1999 to 2001 she was the Freshman Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and from 2001 to 2002 the Assistant Dean for Special Programs, including Learning Communities.

Sharon published three Casebooks in Argument (with Evelyn D. Asch) for composition courses with Wadsworth: Just War (2003), Civil Disobedience (2004) and Immigration (2004).

Visitation Tuesday August 9, 10:30 a.m. until time of Memorial Mass 11:00 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Church, 9th & Linden, Wilmette. Interment private.

Here is an earlier Chicago Tribune discussing the circumstances of Walsh’s death:

A Rogers Park woman died Monday, July 25, almost a week after she was pulled unconscious from Lake Michigan, Chicago police said.

On Wednesday at about 10:45 a.m., Sharon Walsh, 69, was spotted struggling in the water just off the 1000 block of West Albion Avenue, said Chicago Police Officer John Mirabelli. The beach there is called Hartigan Beach South, according to the Chicago Park District.

A lifeguard rescued Walsh, of the 6700 block of North Campbell Avenue, and administered CPR. She was then taken to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, Mirabelli said.


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