- September 19, 1926 - June 22, 2012
- West Lafayette, Indiana
of Les 's Passing
- Institute for Myeloma and Bone Cancer Research 9201 Sunset Blvd. Suite 300 West Hollywood, CA 90069
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“Two months ago I said my formal goodbyes but not a day passes by that I do not think of you and the wonderful life we shared for not quite 60 years....Read More »
1 of 41 | Posted by: Joyce Field - West Lafayette, IN
“I offer condolences to Joyce, Jeff, and Lynda on behalf of myself and my parents Bernard and Phyllis Davis, but especially on behalf of my father who...Read More »
2 of 41 | Posted by: Stuart Davis - Bloomington, IN
I think of you all the time. I am constantly reminded of how much you mean to me and the massive presence you always were in my life. You...Read More »
3 of 41 | Posted by: Lynda Field - Daughter
“Dear Joyce and Family,
I was sad to hear of Les's passing. When he directed my Ph.D. dissertation at Purdue, I could not have asked for a wiser or...Read More »
4 of 41 | Posted by: Joseph Bentz - La Verne, CA
“To our dear friend Joyce, Lynda and Family -
So very sorry to hear about Les and the terrible loss you have sustained. During the last 9 years...Read More »
5 of 41 | Posted by: Selwyn & Elisabeth - Friends
“Joyce and family,
Very sorry to learn of your loss. Our deepest sympathy.
Krynki Poland, Yizkor Books
6 of 41 | Posted by: Michael Palmer
“Dear Mishpacha we are very sad for the lost of our DEAREST friend Les
and we wush we could be with you in these sad days.
We know how all of you...Read More »
7 of 41 | Posted by: Sarit & Azriel Gamliel
“Dear Joyce and family,
My heart goes out to you all upon hearing of the loss of your husband and father. I'm sure that the whole Jewish genealogy...Read More »
8 of 41 | Posted by: Robinn Magid - Kensington, CA
“Dear Joyce, Jeff and Lynda,
Lisa and I were so sorry to hear about Les and send you all our deepest sympathy. We both feel we were so fortunate to...Read More »
9 of 41 | Posted by: Nan Swenson - Dallas, TX
“Although I didn't know him very well everytime I saw him he had a way of making you feel very comfortable like you had known him for a long time such...Read More »
10 of 41 | Posted by: Lisa Powell - Dallas, TX
“Dear Joyce, Linda, Jeff and Cathy,
Remembering times together long ago, my heartfelt thoughts go out to you at a sad time. Les was such a vital,...Read More »
11 of 41 | Posted by: Roz Aronson - Berkeley, CA
“I was so sorry to see that Les has passed. I have fond memories of an advanced composition class and literature class I took with him at Purdue in...Read More »
12 of 41 | Posted by: Susan Bales - Lafayette, IN
we grieve with you and send our most sincere condolences. May your memories comfort you.
13 of 41 | Posted by: Sandra krisch - Carefree, AZ
I am so sorry to hear of Les's passing. We have been friends for deacdes. He did such wonderful work in Jewish...Read More »
14 of 41 | Posted by: dan walden - State College, PA
“Dear Joyce, Jeff, and Lynda,
We treasure our memories of Les and ofl our deep and many years' connections to your stellar and generous family. Our...Read More »
15 of 41 | Posted by: Kate Light - New York, NY
“Every time I saw you, you were always kind and had really awesome stories to tell. You always made every family get-together fun, and were a...Read More »
16 of 41 | Posted by: Jordan Glen - Princeton, WV
I'm so sorry to hear about Les's passing. To say that his accomplishments are impressive is a great understatement.
I have so much...Read More »
17 of 41 | Posted by: Phyllis Gold Berenson - Sonoma, CA
“Dear CJ, god bless at this difficult time. I know what you meant to each other. And, by the way, look after yourself at this sad time. You have...Read More »
18 of 41 | Posted by: Dr Robin O'Neil - Salisbury UK
“Joyce. We haven't "talked" in a long time. Just wanted to say how sorry I was to learn of Les's death.
19 of 41 | Posted by: Peter Lande - Washington, DC
I am so very sorry to learn about Les. I remember first meeting you both at an American Jewish Literature conference in Florida. ...Read More »
20 of 41 | Posted by: Hannah Berliner Fischthal
“Since condolences to Joyce and family on Les's passing. Certainly hope it was a peaceful one.
21 of 41 | Posted by: sharon brown - genealogy
I am truly blessed to know Les and you. I treasure the dinners and conversations with Les and you at your home. What a remarkable man and...Read More »
22 of 41 | Posted by: Dave Koehler (and Nancy) - WI
“As a fellow scholar in jewish American literature, Les and Joyce made me feel at home at Purdue and in Indiana from the beginning of my time here in...Read More »
23 of 41 | Posted by: Daniel Morris - West Lafayette, IN
“My deepest sympathies to Joyce and her family. Just know that your friends are thinking of you now.
24 of 41 | Posted by: Linda Cantor - New York, NY
It is with deep sadness that my wife, Julie, and I learned of the passing of your husband, Les. His biography tells the story of a man...Read More »
25 of 41 | Posted by: Rand and Julie Fishbein - Potomac, MD
“I am so very sad about Les' passing. I remember well going to visit Les and Joyce on one of my first visits to W. Lafayette with Mike (Aronson). ...Read More »
26 of 41 | Posted by: Jody London - Oakland, CA
“Joyce - Know that I care and feel your loss. Sorry we haven't been in touch. Iris Folkson
27 of 41 | Posted by: Iris Folkson
“I was lucky enough to have taken a class in American Literature from Professor Field at Purdue in 1980. I loved his class and have thought of him...Read More »
28 of 41 | Posted by: Margaret Dwiggins - Findlay, OH
“Joyce, my prayers & thoughts are with you at this time.
29 of 41 | Posted by: Carole Montello - Las Vegas, NV
“I'm so sorry to hear that Les Field passed away. I have many memories of him as a man of great energy and vigor, who always had wonderful stories to...Read More »
30 of 41 | Posted by: Daniel Rosen - Milwaukee, WI
My heartfelt sympathies to you and your family on the loss of your dear husband. May his memory be a blessing to all of you and sustain...Read More »
31 of 41 | Posted by: Merle Kastner
“My condolences to the family on the loss of a loved one. May HaShem console you with the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem
32 of 41 | Posted by: Avigdor Ben-Dov - Jerusalem
“I am so sorry for your loss, Joyce. I pray God will bring you comfort.
33 of 41 | Posted by: Ellen Sadove Renck - Aventura, FL
In those difficult times, your friends are with you.
34 of 41 | Posted by: Alex Sharon - Joyce's Friend
“My deepest sympathies to Joyce and the family.
Tel Aviv, Israel
35 of 41 | Posted by: Carol Hoffman - ISRAEL
“My thoughts are with Jeff and the entire family during this very diffuclt time. You will all be in my family's thoughts and prayers. In sympathy,...Read More »
36 of 41 | Posted by: Gale Hurd - Pasadena, CA
“Reading about Les, I get the sense he was a wonderful, warm, and compassionate man with many important accomplishments in the field of literature....Read More »
37 of 41 | Posted by: Varda Epstein
“Dear Joyce, Jeff, Lynda
I was very saddened to hear of the news of the passing of your father, Les Field, this morning.
Although our...Read More »
38 of 41 | Posted by: Jerrold Landau - Toronto
“Joyce & Family:
Please accept condolences from my husband and I on the loss of your husband, father, grandfather and best friend. Joyce, I have...Read More »
39 of 41 | Posted by: Ina Getzoff - Delray Beach, FL
“We were deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Les Field. Our hearts go out to Jeff and his family during this difficult time. Words cannot...Read More »
40 of 41 | Posted by: Terry and Cayman City - CA
“I miss you already
41 of 41 | Posted by: Jeff
Leslie "Les" Field, devoted husband, brother, father and grandfather, died June 22, 2012 at age 85 at Indiana University Arnett Hospital from complications of Multiple Myeloma, which was diagnosed in 2004. His best friend and constant companion, his wife of 59 ½ years, Joyce, and his beloved children, Jeffrey and Lynda, were with him.
Leslie Field was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on September 19, 1926, to Harry Sheinfeld and Rose Youlis Sheinfeld, who emigrated from Bessarabia (now Moldova) in 1924. Les grew up in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, attended Mercer Street School, Patterson Collegiate High School and was in the Canadian Navy at the tail end of World War II (1944-45). His naturalization was in 1953, the same year he married Joyce Wolf, initially of Bronx, New York, and Detroit, Michigan.
He attended Assumption College in Windsor, University of Detroit, UCLA, Wayne State University (Detroit), where he met his wife, and Indiana University. He received his B.A.and M.A. in English at Wayne State University, and then completed his Ph.D. studies in English at the School of Letters at Indiana University (ABD). In 1956 he began teaching as an instructor in English at Purdue University. Over the years he was promoted to full professor, retiring in 1991 as Professor Emeritus.
During his 35 years at Purdue he specialized in American literature and wrote or edited ten books and about 200 articles or reviews. With Joyce Field he edited two books on Bernard Malamud and produced five books on Thomas Wolfe. He devoted much of his scholarly and critical work to 19th and 20th Century American fiction and to modern Jewish-American writers such as Bellow, Malamud, Philip Roth, and I.B. Singer.
On the departmental level he received recognition for excellence in teaching. He also received grants for scholarly/critical work in France and Israel. In 1969-70 he was a Senior Lecturer at Bar-Ilan University, Israel. He was an advisory editor to the following journals: Modern Fiction Studies, Thomas Wolfe Review, Yiddish, Modern Jewish Literature, Studies in Jewish-American Literature, and Shofar. For 1958-59 he was Agricultural Experiment Station Editor at Purdue. He was active in many academic and/or Jewish and Zionist organizations: American Professors for Peace in the Middle East (APPME), Modern Language Association (MLA), National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), and American Literature Association (ALA).
In his earlier, more active years, Les traveled, biked, walked and took care of his canine companion, the Alaskan Malamute Nikki. During his later retirement period he preferred his comfortable study with his books and journals. Moreover, he felt secure that his Multiple Myeloma was being treated expertly and compassionately by Dr. James Berenson in Los Angeles and all the wonderful physicians and staff, too numerous to name, at IU Arnett, particularly Drs. Scott Miethke, A. Al-Makki, and Wael Harb.
Les Field is survived by his wife, Joyce, his daughter, Lynda Field of Brooklyn, New York, and his son and daughter-in-law, Jeffrey and Cathy Field, and their two sons, Dylan and Collin Field, of Los Angeles, California. He is also survived by his sisters Florence Glen and Sally Mandel and numerous nieces and nephews scattered over many cities, and other close relatives in Israel. Two of his older sisters, Sylvia and MaryAnn, pre-deceased him.
Les was a devoted teacher and scholar, greatly appreciated by his students and colleagues. He was always emotionally involved in passing on his love of literature and education to his students, his children, and his grandsons. In his later years, nothing pleased him more than hearing of his grandsons' academic and sports accomplishments. He took special delight in reading to his grandsons from the time of their birth. He was a protective and loving father and husband, and will be lovingly remembered for his wit, storytelling, conversation, and compassion.
There will be a private family service. A gathering for family will be held at a later date in Los Angeles. Donations may be made to Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research, 9201 Sunset Boulevard, Suite 300, West Hollywood, CA 90069 or online @ www.imbcr.org . Hippensteel Funeral Home entrusted with care. Share memories and condolences online at www.hippensteelfuneralservice.com.