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Tribute from former student, Joel Berkowitz, PhD, 2005.

Prof. Daniel Gerould had great influence on me as mentor, teacher, and person. I will never forget his encouragement and support during my studies at the PhD program, and I continue to teach and work with his books and writings. His generosity, wisdom, and inspiration will be sorely missed.

Dan Gerould was a generous teacher, guide and collaborator for me and for a number of other working artists who wished to engage theatre and performance from a serious scholarly perspective. His lectures were often revelatory, his kind support and encouragement sustained our academic aspirations and his…

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From the time I was a student in the doctoral program through the years of teaching as a member of
the faculty, here is the living, ongoing replay:  the sound of Dan's wonderful, resonant voice coming 
through the hall or entering the office, followed by the sight of his warm, welcoming smile.

Dan was not only a great friend, but he got me through this program--literally. He recommended my acceptance. He was my pre-dissertation adviser. Most of the seminars I took were his. I think we got on so well because he detected in me a fellow sinner (academically speaking). We were both into weird and…

Daniel Gerould was a brilliant, kind, patient man with a wicked sense of humor who made every class a wonderful experience.

I was terribly moved by Daniel's passing - I had emailed him just this morning with thoughts on my presentations for this semester, and so it was quite a shock. He was, as I'm sure you know, in brilliant teaching form just last Thursday. He was the best teacher I ever had, and directly responsible for my…

I respectfully bow before such a wealth of knowledge and magnanimity.

Quietly you slipped away
one day, ‘twas just the way
you lived your life;
without strife,
fuss or bustle.
Hardly a rustle
was heard;
perchance,
it was the singing
of a welcoming bird.
Rest dear friend,
Mentor, Professor,
quiet man, moral man,
peaceful and true
to the very end!

Dan was one of my advisers as a doctoral student.  He was an inspiration, welcoming out-of-the box-ideas and work, as long as they were meticulously researched and expressed clearly.  In his own work and writing, he managed to marry his own great “glee” in his discoveries with outstanding academic…

I didn’t know Dan as a professor. I was in the first class of the doctoral Theatre program, before Dan joined the faculty. But once I had met Dan, whenever I came back to CUNY, which was not so very often, he would remember me and my name. He would smile and say hello. 

If it had not been for Dan’s melodrama course, in which I enrolled during my first semester at the Graduate Center, I probably would not be gesturing with heightened theatricality towards the completion of my dissertation today.  Dan made me feel welcomed and that I had something of value to contribute in…

As my mentor and friend Dan Gerould encouraged me through his wisdom and deep knowledge of theatre.  As the head of my Dissertation Committee he was kind, wise and generous. I eagerly attended his classes and seminars, where I gleaned rich rewards.  I will miss him.

I owe much to Dan Gerould. When I started at CUNY I had the great fortune to work as the Managing Editor of his journal Slavic and East European Performance (SEEP). I honestly was a bit over my head back in those days, uncertain about entering into academic waters, and Dan’s complete trust that I could do…

I cherish so many memories of Professor Gerould -- his congeniality, his intelligence, and his amazing scholarly life.  I was fortunate to take many of his classes and was always drawn into the depths and complexities of the dramatic text by his outstanding teaching and analytical skills. He will be greatly…

One doesn't get many true mentors in life--people who embrace you for who you are, and help you become who you want to be. Dan was that to me. I will never forget his kindness of spirit, his devotion to scholarly rigor, his catholicity of intellectual taste, and his warm, quirky sense of humor. My thoughts…

Dr. Gerould was one of my favorite professors. Such a gentleman, too! I will always remember his skill in the classroom. And I will never forget Dr. Gerould coming up to me at the graduation reception and saying, "I am so proud of you, Jack" as he shook my hand.  He had great taste in bow ties, too!

I had the privilege of studying with Dan Gerould in two unforgettable seminars: Melodrama (the most delightful course I've ever taken) and Expressionism (which I audited as a graduate).  I thought he was an ideal Ph.D. professor--he had students do most of the work and always added information and insight to…

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Dan was for me not only a most knowledgeable and wonderful advisor, but also an amazing human being and friend. We often talked, not only of theatre theory and aesthetic philosophy, but also of so many other things that connected us as human beings to Life and to Nature (he loved to talk about the Catskills).…

Like anyone else who was lucky to study with Dan Gerould, I want to add to the rich chorus of voices celebrating his brilliance, his mentorship, and his passion. As I write this, I am listening to Frederic Rzewski’s “De Profundis,” a performer and performance to which Dan introduced me. 

Several…

No one, other than my parents, has made more of an impact on my life than Professor Gerould. I write with
humblest gratitude to my dissertation adviser.

That Professor Gerould deeply touched the lives of those who were fortunate enough to study at the Graduate Center under his mentorship is evident to all. It is also clear that his life’s work will continue to inspire generations of students, scholars, and artists to come. Here I would like to share a…

I would like to speak personally about Dan (that is the name that I have always called him). Dan was to me a mentor and a dear, dear friend. I took many of Dan’s courses while in graduate school, and his knowledge of theatre was apparently unlimited. Where other scholars wrote off experimental performances,…

Dan Gerould opened my mind to the possibilities of a world of theater and performance in East Europe and was one of the toughest and most rigorous editors I have ever worked with as a writer. His knowledge of his subject matter was as vast as it was nuanced, and his delight and passion for the work of…

Rather than list all of Daniel Gerould's accomplishments in the fields of global comparative literature and Slavic theatre--which have been covered in obituaries at by Playbill, the Polish Cultural Institute, and others--I want to focus on Dan's importance to the students he taught and advisees he mentored.…

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