Professor Emeritus Bruce Kellner

Professor Emeritus Bruce Kellner was a professor at Millersville University from 1968 until his retirement in December 1991. Professor Kellner passed away on Saturday, February 16, 2019.

From the LNP Obituary:

Bruce Kellner died of complications from Lewy body dementia on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at age 88. He is survived by his wife, Margaret; his children, Hans of Philadelphia and Kate Kellner Wilcox of Pittsburgh; his sister, Gloria Cameron of Houston, Texas; and many other family members and friends.

Bruce Kellner was born March 17, 1930 in Indianapolis, Indiana, and reared in Louisville, Kentucky, and Kansas City, Missouri. He served in the United States Navy for four years, 1951-1954. He graduated from Colorado College (BA) in 1955 and from The Writers Workshop at the University of Iowa (MFA) in 1958. He taught at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (1956-1960), and at Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York (1960-1969), where he was also director of theater activities and staged over thirty productions. He then taught at Millersville University from 1969 until his retirement as Professor Emeritus of English in December 1991.

In 1968, Bruce Kellner published his first book, Carl Van Vechten and the Irreverent Decades, a biography of the American writer and photographer who had been his friend and mentor. He went on to publish 16 more books. He also wrote three one-character plays, all of which were produced, and lectured locally, nationally, and internationally.

Cremation will be conducted privately. In lieu of flowers, Kellner suggested that donations might be made in his memory to the Demuth Foundation or the Lancaster Public Library.

A memorial will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Homestead Village, 1800 Village Circle, in the Glasford Room, at 11 am.