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Eugene Current-Garcia Award Winners

2013 Sue Brannan Walker
2012 William A. Ulmer
2011 David Sauer
2010 Ralph Voss
2009 John Hafner
2008 11th Annual Norman MacMillan
2007 Elaine Hughes
2006 Nancy Anderson
2005 Robert Halli (Dr. Bob Halli)
2004 Benjamin Buford Williams
2003 J. William Hutchings
2002 Trudier Harris
2001 Bert Hitchcock
2000 Don Noble
1999 Philip Beidler
1998 Claudia Durst Johnson


Dr. Cynthia A. Gravlee has died

ACETA is sad to report the death from cancer Wednesday afternoon of former ACETA steering committee member Dr. Cynthia A. Gravlee. She was Associate Professor Emerita of English at the University of Montevallo, having taught there for about twenty years. After retiring, her love for ballroom dancing helped her to stay active. She served on the steering committee for several terms, ending in 2008. Her lively mind, good sense of humor, and kind spirit made Cindy a valuable contributor to ACETA.

Cynthia Gravlee’s dedication to educating Montevallo students will live on through the memories of her colleagues and students; her Arthurian literature classes were especially popular. She also leaves behind the Cynthia Acosta Gravlee Scholarship, which she endowed, as an annual award to a UM student majoring in English and majoring or minoring in a foreign language.

A memorial service honoring Dr. Gravlee’s life will be held at 1 p.m., Sunday, November 17, at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Vestavia Hills.


Dr. Ben and Marilyn Williams have passed

The ACETA family is saddened to learn of the deaths of Dr. Ben and Marilyn Williams. Mrs. Williams died on Saturday, October 19, and Dr. Williams died the next day; he was 90.

The Williamses’ funerals will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 24, at All Saints Episcopal Church in Montgomery, Alabama.

Dr. Ben Williams was Professor of English Emeritus at Auburn University Montgomery. In 2004, he received the Eugene Current-Garcia Award for Distinction in Literary Scholarship. In the scholarly world, he was best known for his pioneering study A Literary History of Alabama: The Nineteenth Century, published by Fairleigh Dickinson University Press in 1979.

When ACETA met at AUM in 2004, Ben and Marilyn Williams were honored at the Saturday luncheon. Bert Hitchcock from Auburn, who had nominated Ben Williams for the Current-Garcia Award, told appreciative stories about his longtime friend and his work as did Dr. Williams’s AUM colleagues Bob Evans, Susie Paul, and Nancy Grisham Anderson. The next year, when ACETA met at Alabama A & M, Williams gave the Saturday keynote address, speaking on antebellum writers from north Alabama such as Caroline Lee Hentz, the slave poet George Moser Horton, Anne Newport Royall, Marie Howard Weeden, and Jeremiah Clemens.

The Williamses were devoted to each other and to their family, friends, and AUM and will be greatly missed.

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