Athens, Ga. — William G. Provost, 60, of Athens, Ga., died Monday, July 26, 2004, at Ellis Hospital after a brief illness.
He was born Sept. 23, 1943, to Malcolm and the late Doris Soulia Provost in Peru, N.Y.
He was salutatorian of his 1961 graduating class of Schalmont High School. He received his bachelor of arts degree from Fordham University in 1965 and was a recipient of a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship while at Fordham. He received his Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Bill was a tenured professor of English Literature at the University of Georgia in Athens for the past 32 years, specializing in Medieval Literature.
He is survived by five children, Jeanne L. Provost of Santa Barbara, Calif., Mary Pat Provost of Schenectady, N.Y., Malcolm J. Provost, Benjamin M. Provost and Jacob A. Provost, all of Athens, Ga. Also surviving are his father, Malcolm J. Provost; and seven siblings, Malcolm R. Provost, Timothy J. Provost, Kenneth A. Provost, Thomas G. Provost, Carol P. Gregg, James P. Provost, Mark P. Provost and Cheri A. Palumbo.
William was predeceased by two sisters, Loxie Provost and Jeannie Provost; two brothers, Michael Provost and Daniel Provost.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at the Immaculate Conception Church on Bradt Street in Schenectady on Friday, July 30 at 10 a.m. A brief reception for family and friends will immediately follow the ceremony. A second service will be held in Athens, Ga., with a graveside service in Peru, N.Y., in the near future.
Contributions may be sent to Schenectady Inner City Ministry (SICM), 930 Albany St., Schenectady, NY 12307, or the Potter