Professor Emeritus of Modern Languages and Literatures A. Henry Bova passed away on Aug. 23, 2013 in Fitchburg, Wis., at age 77.
Known as “Hank” to Beloiters, he was a professor of French at the college from 1965 to 2001 and was instrumental in establishing international exchange programs in Senegal, Tahiti, and Morocco. He was deeply involved in Beloit’s study abroad program in Rennes, France, which he directed for many years. In addition to teaching French, he taught Italian, literature, and German. Hank held a number of prestigious fellowships during his career, including a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship. Among his notable achievements at Beloit were his efforts to introduce Francophone women authors of color to Beloit’s curriculum in French literature and to develop and advance computer-enhanced methods for teaching French. Hank was predeceased by his life partner, Maurice Marc Gras, in 2003.