Kent R. Bales

Professor Kent R. Bales

Anthony, Kansas, US 1936 - Minneapolis, MN, US October 8, 2012

Kent R. Bales, age 76, of Minneapolis, passed away October 8th, 2012. 

Kent was born in Anthony, Kansas in 1936. He moved to Salt Lake City in 1948. He earned an academic and athletic Scholarship to Yale University where he played football and graduated with a degree in American Studies in 1958. The same year he married Maria Gyorei of Hungary, his wife of 54 years. 

After receiving his PhD from the University California - Berkeley, Kent joined the Department of English at the University of Minnesota in 1967 where he taught American Literature for 41 years. He also served as the chair of the English department twice, as director of graduate studies, as director of undergraduate studies, as chair of the Senate Joint Committee on Faculty Affairs and chair of the Senate Joint Committee on Faculty Appointments. Kent was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholar Award twice and went on to serve on the National Fulbright Committee. He spent some of his sabbatical years in Hungary, where he researched, studied and wrote a book about Hungarian literature. He was a distinguished professor, effective administrator, and devoted husband and father. He was a longtime supporter of the Minnesota Hungarians organization participating in its events and programs. Survived by his wife, Maria; daughter Liza (David) Lee and son Tom (Tiziana) Bales, five grandchildren and many other loving family members and good friends. A private celebration of his life will be held in the coming weeks. Memorials preferred to the Alzheimer's Association or the Sierra Club.

Description of U of M news by Kelly O'Brien, expended on with his connection to the Minnesota Hungarians by A. Fulop.