Eugene W. Saxe (Gene) died on July 12, 2019. He was born at the John J. Saxe family farm near Albion, IL, on January 28, 1936, the 4th child of Joe and Norma Saxe - who, along with sister Jody and brother David, preceded him in death.
Gene graduated from Robb Township High School, Poseyville, Indiana, in 1954.
He went on to graduate from Indiana State University with a B.A. in Language Arts in 1957, and a M.A. in English in 1962, completing his Ph.D. in Theatre at the University of Denver in 1969.
Early in his career, he taught Speech and English to high school students in Jasper and Rochester, Indiana , and Lakewood, Colorado. He also spent time in Santiago, Chile, in the early 1960’s, teaching E.S.L., Literature and Drama at the Bi-national Chilean-North American Institute, Saint George's College, and Catholic University.
After returning to the states, Gene taught at Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado, for two years, avidly cross-country skiing and hiking when time allowed. He began teaching at Metropolitan State College of Denver in 1966, and was awarded tenure in 1975 in the School of Letters, Arts, and Sciences. While a Professor at MCSD, Gene served in various service positions such as Scholarship Committee Chair, the Post-Tenure Review Committee, the Board of Trustee's Student Affairs and Academic Affairs Committee. In 2009, Gene received an award in special recognition of his six-year service as a Faculty Trustee.
While teaching at MCSD, Gene also traveled extensively, continuing his professional development and study of Spanish in Chile, Peru, Mexico, Europe, and the United States.
Among his honors and awards at MSU were The 40-Year Service Award in 2008, and the Cornerstone Award for dedication and significant contributions to the development and excellence of the Metropolitan State University Denver Theatre Program in 2017.
Gene had the pleasure of teaching thousands of students and was the epitome of an educator. Whether it was teaching the elements of writing, exploring poetry and Shakespeare, or teaching dance at The School of Modern Dance - his aim was to give his students the tools to express themselves with craft and art.
Gene was a loving and devoted father to his son, Gareth - an actor, and some of his most joyful times were watching Gareth perform on stage. Gene loved the company of his friends, good food, good conversation, and great art. When Gene was not teaching or raising his son - he could be found with his friends at the cinema, the theatre, or the opera. He also loved dance; from Flamenco and the Jitterbug, to modern and ballet.
He is survived by his son Gareth Saxe of Denver, his daughter-in-law Meredith, and grandson Griffith; his sister Ann and her husband Jerry Winkleman; his sister Sandra Almon; his sister-in-law Sue Saxe, and a loving network of nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. He will be dearly missed.
Visitation and memorial service will be Wednesday, August 14, 2019, and Cook Funeral Chapel in Grayville, Illinois. Visitation is 10-11 am, and memorial service is at 11 am. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery.