We at Bwog wish to express our condolences to the famiy of English professor Karl Kroeber (at right, with sister Ursula Le Guin), who passed away yesterday. Colleague and Bwog favorite prof Jenny Davidson has a remembrance of the American Indian lit scholar over on her blog, with a touching story about his kindness to junior professors.

She also links to another reason why we’re saddened by his death: Professor Kroeber was one of the first profs to sit down with Bwog, a full three years ago. Check it out to learn about his long academic career, living with cancer, and why he hated Disney.