Former Department Chair, Professor Robert Milnor Gleaves Is Mourned

Dr. Robert Gleaves, associate professor emeritus in the Department of Languages and Culture Studies, passed away on August 16, 2019. You can find his obituary here.

Gleaves earned his doctoral degree and his master’s degree in Spanish at Vanderbilt University, with minors in French. He also studied Spanish-American culture and literature at the International Academy of Spanish in Saltillo, Mexico. He began his teaching career as a Spanish professor at the University of South Florida before accepting a position at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1969.

His teaching specialties were Spanish, Spanish-American poetry, and Spanish-American prose fiction. He served the department as chair and associate chair, and retired in 2003, although he continued to teach summer classes for several years.