English faculty to discuss plans to honor professor emeritus

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Memorial to honor John Igo set for Wednesday.

By Kyle R. Cotton

kcotton11@student.alamo.edu

John Igo, author and former english professor, sits in the residential library at Brookdale Senior Living Center Sept. 22, 2015. File

John Igo, author and former English professor, sits in the residential library at Brookdale Senior Living Center Sept. 22, 2015. File

For 45 years, John Igo was a staple in this college’s English department and an influence on the community at large for a lifetime.

He died Aug. 9 at 89 after having heart failure.

The English professor emeritus who published poetry books had a San Antonio branch library named for him in 2005.

A memorial for Igo is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Gardens at Old Town Helotes, 15060 Antonio Drive, hosted by the Historical Society of Helotes. He was an honorary member of the society because of his family’s deep roots in Helotes.

Society President Cynthia Massey said that everyone is welcome to attend.

There will be a memorial video at 6:45 p.m., a eulogy at 7 p.m. and an opportunity for those who wish to speak on the life of Igo 7:15-8 p.m.

English Chair Mike Burton said English faculty will discuss plans to honor Igo Friday as part of their departmental meeting.

“He was the star of the English department,” Burton said. “He was an incredible influence on the department even on those after he retired.”

Burton recalled advice Igo gave him.

John Igo reads over "Easy Reference Guide for Symptoms" at the unveiling of the John Igo Health and Wellness Resource Center. Igo gave the book to Katie Dale (center right), resident programs director at Brookdale Hamilton Wolfe Senior Living, as a symbol of his donation of more than 250 medical books Sept. 23, 2015, in the Sun Room at Brookdale at 5331 Hamilton Wolfe Road. File

John Igo reads over “Easy Reference Guide for Symptoms” at the unveiling of the John Igo Health and Wellness Resource Center. Igo gave the book to Katie Dale (center right), resident programs director at Brookdale Hamilton Wolfe Senior Living, as a symbol of his donation of more than 250 medical books Sept. 23, 2015, in the Sun Room at Brookdale at 5331 Hamilton Wolfe Road. File

“If you want to get something done, first you need to decide if you want credit,” Burton said. “If you aren’t concerned about getting the credit, you can get it done a lot faster.”

Burton said the department would probably honor him with a scholarship or with an essay contest.

 

 

 

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