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German language specialist dies at 85

STANFORD -- Gertrude L. Schuelke, a professor emerita of German at Stanford who specialized in such old German languages as Gothic and Old Saxon, died Nov. 25 in Mountain View, Calif. She was 85.

A native of Indiana, Schuelke received bachelor's and master's degrees from Indiana University in the early 1930s. She spent 13 years teaching high school and college German in Indiana.

During World War II she spent three years in the Navy, assigned to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations for Analytic Research in Counterintelligence.

Schuelke came to Stanford as a part-time instructor and doctoral student in 1948 and received her doctorate from Stanford in 1950. Later, as a faculty member, she served as associate executive head and as acting head of what was then the Department of Modern European Languages.

Schuelke also regularly taught courses on such Germanic medieval literature as the Parzival, 12th-century lyric poetry and Old Icelandic sagas. She retired in 1973.

Schuelke lived in Los Altos, Calif., for nearly 40 years. She is survived by a sister, Eleonore Beaver of Cheyenne, Wyo. She will be buried in Colorado Springs, Colo. The family prefers contributions to charities of the donor's choice.



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