College Mourns Distinguished Professor

Michael Harper, professor of English and expert on British Literature, died July 3 at his Los Angeles home after a brief illness. At Scripps since 1980, he taught in every humanities program the College offered and was a leader in implementing the College’s current Core program. His professional writing included criticism, and for years he was a regular contributor to The Los Angeles Times Book Review. More recently, his research focused on postcolonialism. Especially notable was his work on the 1984 reorganization of the faculty shared governance system and his leadership in drafting the 1995 strategic planning document for the College.

Harper is survived by his wife, Cheryl Walker, the Richard Armour Professor of English at Scripps; two stepchildren; and a sister, who resides in England.

A memorial service is planned during mid- to late -September in Margret Fowler Garden.