Paul Allen Bates obituary

Sep 182003
Authors: Jason Kosena

Paul Allen Bates, a retired professor emeritus of English at

CSU, died Aug. 28 at the age of 83 in Fort Collins.

Bates was born in Sioux City, Iowa, and served in the Army Air

Corps during World War II.

He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa

and earned a master’s and doctorate from the University of


In 1955 Bates moved to Fort Collins and served as a professor of

English for CSU for four decades. Bates enjoyed spending

sabbaticals in England and at the Folger Shakespeare Library in


According to his family, Bates enjoyed travel, Shakespeare,

playing bridge and spending time with family and friends.

Bates was a well-recognized local activist for peace and also a

member of Veteran’s for Peace, Women’s International League for

Peace and Freedom, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars organizations,

among many others.

A son, Paul Patrick Bates, preceded Bates in death. Bates is

survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary Fagan Bates of Fort Collins;

a son, Daniel Bates of Brea, Calif.; and two daughters, Joy Speitz

of Lewellen, Neb. and Sarah Bates of Venice, Calif.

A celebration of Bates’ life will be held this Saturday at

Foothills Unitarian Church in Fort Collins at 10 a.m.





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