Shannon Rufe Snow Drive Funeral Chapel

6001 Rufe Snow Drive, Fort Worth, TX


Gary L. Tate

August 2, 1930June 10, 2012

Gary L. Tate died peacefully on Sunday, June 10, 2012, at home. Service: 3 p.m. Friday at Trinity Episcopal Church, 3401 Bellaire Dr. S., Fort Worth. Memorials: The family requests that no flowers be sent. Should friends wish, memorials to honor his life may be sent to Trinity Episcopal Church, St. Margaret's Episcopal Church (90 Court St., Belfast, Maine 04915,) the Gary L. Tate Scholarship Fund at Baker University (P.O. Box 65, Baldwin City, Kan. 66006,) the TCU English Department for the support of graduate students in rhetoric and composition, Odyssey Hospice of Fort Worth, or to a charity of their choice. Gary was born Aug. 2, 1930, in Hiawatha, Kan. The first in his family to attend college, he completed his B.A. at Baker University in Baldwin, Kan., and an M.A. and Ph.D. in English at the University of New Mexico, interrupting his studies for service in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He taught at the University of Wyoming, Ohio Wesleyan University, the University of Tulsa, and Northern Arizona University before accepting the Addie Levy Professorship of Literature at TCU in 1971 to direct the writing program. Later he directed the graduate program in English and helped to establish the Ph.D. program in rhetoric and composition. The last passion of his career was exploring his own working class roots and developing working class literature courses. After retirement he held the Cecil H. and Ida Green Distinguished Emeritus Tutor position for three years and then taught summer courses in the Senior College at the Hutchinson Center, University of Maine. His legacy includes, in addition to his books and essays, a host of former graduate students across the country and abroad who carry on his life's work of learning and teaching. A longtime parishioner at Trinity Episcopal Church, he served as vestry member and teacher. During times of stress in the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, he found solace in the inclusiveness of St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Belfast, Maine, where he and Priscilla spent the summers and early fall months after their retirement in 1999. Special thanks are due to Dr. Allan Kelly, our physician and wise friend; to Odyssey Hospice (our care team Dee, Kim, and Debbie and each person who answered the phone, came on call, provided continuous care, and provided emotional support); to the caregivers from Comfort Keepers; and to the medical, technical and support staff of DaVita Dialysis Southwest for their tender care. Survivors: His wife and best friend, Priscilla W. Tate; their children, Lorraine Tate Wilkinson of Conway, Ark., Carolyn Tate Higgs of Oklahoma City, Okla., Christie S. Glenn and her husband, Mark Smith, of Colleyville, and Brian F. Glenn and his wife, Dr. Fran Huckaby, of Fort Worth; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

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Gary L. Tate

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Laura Julier

January 8, 2013

I would like to echo all that has been said below by others. Gary was, to me, extraordinarily kind, generous, supportive, and decent. I have for three decades considered him one of my mentors in the discipline of composition studies, although I was not his student and spent relatively little time with him. His good sense and sharp insights as an administrator, scholar, and editor have been powerful influences for me. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Priscilla.

Carolyn Tate Higgs

October 6, 2012

Dad, you taught me so much. We had our times but when I needed support the most, you & Priscilla were there for me. I love you Dad & miss you, but I also know I will see you again. Love, Carolyn

July 2, 2012

Gary was one of those people I was always glad to meet at conventions--affirmative, inventive, conscientious. We didn't talk much about our common background as Lobos nor as Eiscopalians, for we were more involved with the issues of society that could be addressed by teachers and more particularly the issues of composition and rhetoric. Peace be with you, Priscilla.. jix lloyd-jones (Iowa City)

Sharon Davenport

June 14, 2012

Shannon, Evan, and I would like to offer our sincere and heartfelt condolences in regards to Gary's passing!

Patricia Estabrook

June 14, 2012

Dear Priscilla,
Please accept our condolences and the prayers of your fellow parishioners from St. Margaret's in Belfast. We look forward to supporting you when you come back to Maine.
Patricia and Ray Estabrook, Belfast, Maine

Karen Fitts

June 14, 2012

What a teacher, mentor, and friend he was. He touched the lives of so many! Priscilla, my heart goes out to you in this time of loss. I hope it's some comfort to you to know that he'll be long remembered.

June 13, 2012

Gary and I served on several NCTE committees; he was a good person with whom to work.
Jesse Perry, Hayward CA

Lisa Ede

June 13, 2012

Dear Priscilla,
I was so saddened to learn that Gary is no longer with us--at least not in body. He will always be with me and with many colleagues and former students in spirit. Gary was an extraordinarily generous mentor to me, and to many. He played such an important role in helping to establish the field of rhetoric and writing. And he was an amazing person, as you are.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Lisa Ede

June 13, 2012


I remember Gary very fondly and send you my deepest sympathy.

Keith Miller

John Sherrill

June 13, 2012

Aunt Pris & family
I'm so sorry for your loss. Prayers to you & yours for comfort & healing.