Department of English

University of Toronto

Passing of Professor Emeritus Dave Dooley

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing with the sad news that Professor Emeritus Dave Dooley passed away on Saturday, March 30, at the age of 91. Born in Halifax in 1921, Professor Dooley received his B.A. from the Western University in 1942 and his M.A. from the University of Toronto in 1947. He received his PhD from the State University of Iowa in 1955. After teaching at Creighton University, the State University of Iowa, St. Francis Xavier University, and the Royal Military College, he was hired by St. Michael’s College in 1960, where he served as Chairman of English from 1971-75 and then as Discipline Representative after the amalgamation of the departments of English at the University. Professor Dooley was interested in in satire in the novel and in the relationship between literature and Catholicism. In addition to numerous articles and reviews, he wrote The Art of Sinclair Lewis (1967), Contemporary Satire (1971), and Compton Mackenzie (1974). For many years, he taught the Canadian Literature course at St Michael’s College, and this interest culminated in the monograph Moral Vision in the Canadian Novel (1979). He retired in 1987. Jeff Heath, who wrote his dissertation under Professor Dooley’s direction, fondly remembers the impact that Dave had upon him. “He was physically a big man, and big-hearted too, with a big, booming, friendly voice, and he knew his stuff.”

Below is the obituary from the Globe and Mail:
DOOLEY, David Peacefully, at the Wyndham Manor Nursing Home, on Saturday, March 30, 2013, at the age of 91. Beloved husband of Marie for 52 years. Loving father of Anne Marie Langthorne (Tom) and Robert Dooley (Simone). Proud grandfather of Aaron, Christian, Samantha, Alexandra and David. Dear brother of Peter Dooley (Margie), Anne Weir (Jack) and the late Mary and John. David will also be missed by his nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Friends may call at the Turner & Porter ''Peel'' Chapel, 2180 Hurontario St., Mississauga (Hwy. 10, N. of QEW) from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Andrew's Catholic Church, 47 Reynolds St., Oakville, on Thursday, April 4, 2013, at 10 o'clock. Interment St. Jude's Cemetery. For those who wish, donations may be made to Right to Life. On-line condolences may be made through



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