Born September 18, 1928, in Philadelphia, Mr. Reeve was educated at Princeton and Columbia, and taught at Columbia University (1952-61) and Wesleyan University (1962-2002).
Mr. Reeve was also an exchange professor in the Soviet Union (1961). In 1962 he accompanied the poet Robert Frost to Russia, introducing Frost to Russian poets and translating during Frost’s dialogue with Nikita Khruschev.
The author of 31 books, he was distinguished for his poetry, novels, translations, and essays.
A resident of Vermont since the 1980s, Mr. Reeve moved to Wilmington in 1995, and later served as a justice of the peace and chairman of the board of trustees of Pettee Memorial Library. He is survived by his wife, Laura Stevenson; his daughter, Alya; sons, Benjamin, Brock, and Mark; stepdaughters Katharine O’Connell and Meg Staloff; and 18 grandchildren.
Memorial donations in Mr. Reeve’s memory can be made to Pettee Memorial Library in Wilmington or the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.
The date for his September memorial service will be listed on his web site, www.fdreeve.org.