DURHAM – Robert T. Ivey, Jr., loving son and brother, age 70, passed away at his home in Durham on March 18, 2015. He was born in Durham on March 17, 1945 to the late Robert T. Ivey, Sr and Mary Chapman Ivey (Berini). He grew up in Durham, spent his career in Memphis TN and had recently retired to Durham, where he was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
He attended the University of North Carolina, receiving a BA in 1966. He continued at UNC for a PhD in French literature, which he completed in 1976. He worked at the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris while researching his thesis, then taught at Meredith College before joining the faculty at the University of Memphis, where he was Associate Professor of Libraries. He published several widely cited papers on library science and in 2006 an edition of the Arthurian verse epic “Li Chevalier as deus Espees” with Mellen Press.
He was an avid fan of opera, and spent many hours listening to works from across the spectrum of composers and periods. He had a special fondness for his late step-father, Louis Berini, and he was devoted to his sisters, his nieces and nephews and to their children. His sudden loss creates a huge void in all our lives.
He is survived by his two sisters and their husbands, Emmaly Ivey and Barry Maynard, of Cincinnati OH and Judy Ivey and David McLeod of Raleigh NC; four nieces and nephews and four grand-nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held 11:00am Saturday, March 21, 2015 in Maplewood Cemetery. Fr. Bill McIntyre OFM will preside.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Mary C. Berini Fund at the Duke University Library, Alumni & Development Office, Box 90851, Durham NC 27701.
Arrangements for the Ivey family are under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral services. Online condolences: www.hallwynne.com, select obituaries.