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Thomas Francis Cannon, Jr.

Thomas Francis Cannon, Jr.

Thomas Francis Cannon Jr., 72, of Lincoln VA, died Sunday, August 20th 2017. Thomas was born September 28th 1944, in Owensboro, Kentucky, to his parents, the late Thomas and Jean Cannon. He lived in Paris, Rochester, Boston, Charlottesville, and Washington DC before making a home in Lincoln VA with his beloved wife Julia Taylor Cannon. Well-traveled in his younger days, in his later years he cherished stories of his daughters’ travels. He was a proud alumnus of McQuaid Jesuit High School, Boston College, and the University of Virginia, where he received a Ph.D. in English. Thomas was a retired professor of English at American University in Washington DC, where he taught for thirty years. He taught an extensive variety of courses, but particularly loved Chaucer, D.H. Lawrence, Shakespeare, and creative writing. He was an engaging and inspiring professor, and was proud of his many friendships with students that lasted beyond the classroom. Thomas was a man of many interests and hobbies, and relished the opportunity to learn something new. Over the years he devoted his time and energy to a wonderful variety of passions beyond his academic career, including rugby, debate, carpentry, theology, marksmanship, the story and iconography of Saint George and the Dragon, and the natural world. He is survived by his sister Lynda Cannon Greene, his daughters Jessica Taylor Cannon and Johanna Taylor Cannon, family, friends, and former students. He is predeceased by his wife Julia Taylor Cannon. He is remembered for his wit and wisdom, his joy in learning, his gift for storytelling, his enthusiasm, his singular sense of humor, and for the love he extended to his family and friends. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 16th 2017 at 2pm at the Goose Creek Friends Meeting house in Lincoln VA (18204 Lincoln Road, Lincoln, VA 20160). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Southern Poverty Law Center (splcenter.org) and Defenders of Wildlife (defenders.org). Arrangements by Hall Funeral Home, Purcellville, VA.

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