It is with great sadness that we report the passing of a great Carrollian and a true mensch: Donald Rackin passed away on November 23, 2022, at the age of 89 in Philadelphia after a long, brave struggle with Parkinson’s. Donald was a professor of English at Temple University for 33 years, a noted scholar specializing in Victorian literature who published widely on Carroll.
In 1967, he won the MLA’s prestigious William Riley Parker Prize for his essay “Alice’s Journey to the End of Night.” He has addressed our Society four times and served on our board from 1997 to 2002. An “In Memoriam” column will be devoted to him in the Spring 2023 Knight Letter.
Don was a warm, gentle soul with a fierce intellect always lurking behind his marvelous sense of humor. He will be greatly missed.