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Karl Uitti, scholar of Romance languages, dies

Karl Uitti Karl D. Uitti, a leading scholar of Romance languages and a member of the Princeton University faculty for 44 years, died Nov. 11. He was 69.

Uitti, who specialized in French medieval literature, was known for a broad range of Romance language scholarship and for using modern technologies to enhance the study of medieval languages. Uitti was the John Woodhull Professor of Modern Languages and a professor of French and Italian, and a former chair of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.

"He had a deep familiarity with the languages, literatures and history of all the peoples that speak and write in one or another of the Romance languages," said Lionel Gossman, the M. Taylor Pyne Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures Emeritus at Princeton. "Probably he was one of the last of this remarkable breed."

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Crawford House, a residential treatment facility for women in early recovery from substance abuse, at P.O. Box 255, Skillman, NJ 08558.

The full story is available in a news release.

Contact: Eric Quinones (609) 258-3601

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