Jane W. Hipolito, professor emeritus of English, comparative literature and linguistics, died Sept. 23.
Hipolito, who served Cal State Fullerton from 1968 to 2005, taught a range of courses in American, British and Russian literature; science fiction; the Bible as literature; children’s and world literature and classical mythology.
She was a leading scholar in the work of English writer and philosopher Owen Barfield — authoring a bibliography of his published works and multiple studies of his poetry and relationship with C.S. Lewis, and editing Barfield’s only science fiction novel, “Night Operation,” as well as his final work of fiction, “Eager Spring.”
Hipolito also co-edited the science fiction anthology, “Mars, We Love You,” featuring an introduction by Isaac Asimov, and penned several articles on science and detective fiction. Her research on Henry Adams’s belletristic writings initiated a 40-year study of the School of Chartres and the Seven Liberal Arts.
An active member of the campus community, Hipolito served on numerous faculty committees and chaired the CSUF Faculty Council (later named the Academic Senate) from 1974-75. She received her master’s degree and doctorate from UCLA.