professor dies just prior to retirement

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Waldauer had taught for the Department of Romance Languages and the Department of French and Italian.
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In Folwell Hall hallways and classrooms, Joseph Waldauer was known for his talent at combining serious teaching and laughter. Even after 10 faculty meetings, he was still able to laugh, said University French professor Eileen Sivert.
His laugh was infectious, she said. Waldauer, a University professor of French literature, died April 21 after a short illness. Waldauer had taught at the University since 1965 for the Department of Romance Languages and the Department of French and Italian. He would have retired this month.
A graduate from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. from Columbia University, Waldauer has taken numerous trips to France and Quebec from which he drew many stories and enriched his firsthand knowledge of French culture.
He knew many of the luminaries in Paris, said Maria Brewer, chair of the Department of French and Italian.
Waldauer taught at Goucher Col-lege in Baltimore and Amherst Col-lege before joining the University. Waldauer also wrote two books: Society and the Freedom of the Crea-tive Man in Diderots Thought and Comment Peindre le Bonheur.
Family, friends, colleagues and students gathered May 6 at Lower Riverside Park in South Minneapolis to remember Waldauer. Brewer described Waldauer as a bright and lively colleague, a dedicated teacher, and an avid and knowledgeable researcher.
In so many ways, teaching was very important to him, she said.