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A. E. Creore

Professor Emeritus, French


Dr. A Emerson CREORE March 24, 1914 ~ February 28, 2010 Alvin Emerson Creore passed away peacefully several weeks shy of his 96th birthday. He was born in Rochester New York, received his secondary education at the University of Rochester, and completed his doctorate at Johns Hopkins University. He served as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy during World War II from 1943 to 1946. In 1940 he married Frances Helen Brewer and moved to Seattle to begin his tenure as a professor in the Romance Languages Department at the University of Washington. He remained at the University teaching French Literature and Music until his retirement in 1984. Emerson traveled extensively to Europe over the years, making second homes in France, England and Scotland. His love of fine art, music, and literature enabled him to lead a rich, full life, and make many friends wherever he went. He lived in Seattle until moving to Olympia, Washington in 1999 to be closer to his daughter. Emerson is survived by his loving sister, Phyllis Westermann of New York City, and by his three children: Alice (Creore) Laurens of Seattle, Washington; Philip Creore of Seattle, Washington; and Suzanne (Creore) Quillian (Robert) of Olympia, Washington. He is also survived by four grandchildren: Peter Pearson who resides in Japan; Mark Pearson of Seattle, Washington; Adam Quillian of Seattle, Washington; and Teague Quillian of Olympia, Washington. He is also survived by his niece, Cynthia Westermann-Clark of Gainesville, Florida, and four great nieces and nephews. Emerson had a wonderful sense of humor, was an accomplished conversationalist, and a great cook. His parties, featuring his special cheese fondue recipe and fabulous desserts, were legendary. His hobbies included acting in French plays, performing on the recorder, and Greek dancing. He collected music of all kinds, and later in life discovered television. From then on, he taped his favorite series and movies, developing an extensive library of classic tapes dating back 30 years. Emerson's love for cats prompted him to give to various charities whose focus was the welfare of all animals. Accordingly, the family requests that, in lieu of flowers, a donation be made to the Humane Society. There will be a small and private gathering in the near future to celebrate Emerson's life, and the family would like to thank all those who have expressed their memories and condolences. Emerson will be missed by many.

Published in The Seattle Times from April 4 to April 5, 2010