Thomas Howard Cordle of Durham died Saturday, July 19, 2008 at Duke University Hospital. He was 90 years old. Mr. Cordle was born in Atlanta, GA to the late Howard and Nelle R. Cordle on July 15, 1918.
He served in the US Navy in West Africa during World War II. He received a BA from University of Virginia, followed by an MA and PhD from Yale University. He was Professor Emeritus in French at Duke University where he taught from 1950 until 1983, specializing in contemporary literature. In 1955-56 he studied in Basel, Switzerland as a Fellow of the Fund for Advancement of Education. His publications include scholarly articles on Proust and Malraux, as well as two editions of a book on the life and work of Andre Gide.
Mr. Cordle is survived by his nephews: Stewart Denslow of Mt. Pleasant, SC; Ted Denslow of Hanover, VA; and his niece, Marion Denslow of Spring Valley, NY. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Ethel B. Cordle.
A private service will be scheduled at a later date. On line condolences may be sent via www.hallwynne.com
Arrangements are under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service.