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The Marymount Community Honors the Memory of Professor Rhett Leverett

Thursday, October 04, 2012

A passionate historian, a southern gentleman, a humorous storyteller and, above all, an outstanding teacher and advisor– Rhett Leverett, assistant professor of History, was all of these. He was also a beloved member of the Marymount University community.

On Monday, October 1, while walking near his home in Washington, DC, Mr. Leverett was struck by a car. He was transported to George Washington University Hospital, where he passed away.

Professor Leverett was a member of Marymount’s faculty since 1991. He held degrees from the University of Alabama and the University of Illinois, and his teaching focused on European history. During his tenure at Marymount, Professor Leverett developed a number of courses, including The History of Modern France, Comparative Revolutions, and Women in European History since 1700. Additionally, he worked with other faculty to develop two team-taught, interdisciplinary graduate courses: Shakespeare: Text and Performance and Gender, Race, and Empire in 19th-Century British Literature. A popular and engaging teacher, Professor Leverett brought history to life by focusing on people and their stories. 

Marymount President Dr. Matthew D. Shank reflects, “Everyone who knew Rhett Leverett would agree that this was a man with a great heart. He will be remembered for many things, including his kindness, his sense of humor, and his unfailing dedication to Marymount University and our students.”

Dr. Sherri Hughes, provost, adds, “We are devastated at the loss of such a warm colleague, friend, and teacher. …Rhett loved history, and he had a talent for making the people and events of a period come alive.”

Alexa Carballosa ’13, who is double majoring in History and Theology, took Mr. Leverett’s classes all four years. She recalls, “Professor Leverett made class so memorable. We could see how much he enjoyed what he was teaching, and it rubbed off.”

Noah McGrath ’13, a Criminal Justice major, remarks, “I’m especially sad for all the future Marymount students who will not get to experience the pleasure of taking a history class with him.”

Since his passing, faculty, staff, students, and alumni, have been sharing remembrances of Mr. Leverett at campus events and through social media.

Share Your Comments
If you would like to share your memories of Professor Leverett, please visit our Facebook page and leave a comment.

The Gawler’s Sons Funeral Home also has an online Condolences Book where you can share your thoughts and memories.

Memorial Services
The following will be held at the Joseph Gawler's Sons Funeral Home, 5130 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016:

Visitation, Saturday, October 6, 3-7 p.m.
Memorial Service, Monday, October 8, 11 a.m.

In addition, we will hold a memorial service on Marymount’s Main Campus on Wednesday, October 17, from 11:30 to 1:00 p.m. We plan to have this service under a tent on the Ireton Lawn; in the event of inclement weather, it will be held in the Lee Center.

Memorial Scholarhsip Fund
Marymount University has established The Rhett Leverett Memorial Scholarship Fund to honor this outstanding teacher and mentor. To learn more about the scholarship fund and make a gift in Professor Leverett’s memory, click here.