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Robert S. Pawlowski, Sr.


June 26, 1930 - August 28, 2022

Perham, Minnesota native, Robert S. Pawlowski, Sr., university professor; provost; and poet, who taught at several universities, died on August 28, 2022, in Odessa, FL. He was a son of early Perham hotel and restaurant owners Joseph B. and Victoria Ceynowa Pawlowski. The Pawlowski/Ceynowa families settled in the Edna and Perham townships of Ottertail County in the 1870’s and 1880’s.

Dr. Pawlowski served as Chairman of the English Departments of the University of South Florida and the University of Southern Mississippi. Additionally, he was the Director of Writing Programs at the University of Denver and the Provost of the Graduate School of Texas Women’s University. He held editorial positions for the Denver Quarterly and the Mississippi Review and was awarded residencies at Yaddo in Saratoga, N.Y. and LaPoule, France, by the Atlantic Arts Commission. He has been listed in the Directory of International; Biography, Maquis Who’s Who in the South; and, Maquis Who’s Who in America.

His writing appeared in many academic and literary journals. His poetry collections were published in Ireland, Canada, and in the United States. He served in the United States Army during the occupation of Germany as an Intelligence Analyst. He received B.A. and B.S. degrees from Moorhead State; M.A. degree from the University of Iowa; and, a Ph.D. from the University of Denver. He also studied at the University of Heidelberg in Germany.

He leaves his wife Margaret Changos Pawlowski of Clearwater, FL and sons Vincent Pawlowski (Jeffery Aguilar) of Tampa, Florida; grandson Justin Griggs (Sirena) and great-grandchildren Parker and Laurel Griggs. He was preceded in death by son Robert Jr.; brothers Joseph, James, and Paul, and sister Marjorie.

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