- Published: May 4, 2017
Robert (Bob) Ferdinand Fleissner, of Springfield, son of Otto and Else Mentz Fleissner of Aurora, N.Y., passed away peacefully on the morning of April 25, 2017.
Professor Fleissner taught English for many years at Central State University, beginning in 1967. A distinguished scholar of Shakespeare, Eliot, Frost, Dickens and Sherlock Holmes, he was the author of numerous books, including “Shakespeare, Religion, and Beyond” (2010); “Shakespearean Puzzles” (2008); “Shakespeare and Africa” (2005); “The Master Sleuth on the Trail of Edwin Drood” (2002); “T. S. Eliot and the Heritage of Africa” (1992); “Shakespeare and the Matter of the Crux” (1991); “Frost’s Road Taken” (1996); A “Rose by Another Name” (1989); “Ascending the Prufrockian Stair” (1988); and “Dickens and Shakespeare” (1965); in addition to over 250 articles.
Professor Fleissner received his B.A. and M.A. from Catholic University and his Ph.D. from New York University. Prior to arriving at Central State, he taught at Dominican College and at the University of New Mexico. He is survived by his nieces, Jennifer Fleissner of Bloomington, Indiana, and Katherine Fleissner, of Woodstock, New York, and their children. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. You may express condolences at http://www.littletonandrue.com