Died March 23, 2013
Richard Cole was the sometime Virginia Lasater Irvin Professor of English at Davidson College, North Carolina, retiring in 1993.
Cole received his diploma from Hamilton College in 1950 with honors in history and philosophy. He went on to Yale University, where he obtained his M.A. degree in English in 1951. After a short stint teaching at Manlius School, near Syracuse, NY, he returned to graduate study at Yale and earned his Ph.D. in 1955. Following his graduation, he was an instructor in English at the University of Texas in Austin, and then an associate professor of Radford College (now University) in Virginia, where he was promoted to full professor. In 1961, he began his long tenure as a full professor at Davidson College in North Carolina.
Cole was the elder son of Horace R. Cole, a postal supervisor, and Iris V. Cargill. He was married for over 50 years to Florence A. Mason (d. 2009).