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Lister Matheson, 1948-2012

January 31, 2012

It’s my sad duty to report that Lister Matheson died recently of complications from a form of aplastic anemia.

For several years he directed the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop in Lyman Briggs School at MSU. Lister’s family and friends will treasure his memory as loving son and brother, devoted father and life partner, dedicated colleague and loyal friend, and esteemed professor and mentor to many undergraduate and graduate students. He was generous with his time, knowledge, and talents and was keen to spur on the intellectual growth and scholarly pursuits of his students. Lister was a natural host whose large heart, expansive soul, and mischievous sense of the silly and ridiculous endeared him to those who knew him and made strangers feel immediately welcome and appreciated. He was a gifted raconteur, actor, reader of poetry, singer of inspired and inane songs, and connoisseur of haggis and single malt Scotch. He lived a full life, travelled widely, and absorbed everything. He cherished his family and friends and was always the animating spirit around any crowded table, sharing good food, drink, and lively conversation. His family and a very large crowd of admiring friends shall miss him terribly.

His complete obituary can be found online here.

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  1. January 31, 2012 10:48 am

    “Large heart” and “animating spirit” is how I remember him. Not to mention that he kept Clarion going for years on string and sealing wax.

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