James E. Tierney

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January 23, 1935 - June 25, 2016
Born in Newark, NJ
Resided in St. Charles, MO

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On June 25, 2016, Professor James E. Tierney left behind a world of beloved relatives, dear friends, and unfinished projects. But nothing was more precious to him than his beloved wife Pattie, who, early on, was his student at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, later served as his research assistant, married him in 1995, and tirelessly nursed him through various health problems in the later years of their twenty-one-year marriage. Born in Newark, New Jersey in 1935, he was the third child of John T. and Kathryn (Keogh) Tierney. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his father-in-law, Robert Redenbaugh, two stepsons, Christopher (Erin) Brunner and Andrew (Emma) Brunner, and a host of cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother John T. Tierney, and sisters Helen Cotter and Cathleen Bataille. Professor Tierney graduated from St. Michael's elementary school in Union NJ; from St. Benedict's Prep in Newark, NJ; and from Seton Hall University where he earned a B.A. in classical studies in 1956. While teaching at Seton Hall Prep in South Orange, NJ, he earned a M.A. degree at Fordham University, and a Ph.D. in English literature at New York University. Upon completion of his graduate studies in 1968, he came to St. Louis as an Assistant Professor at the newly founded University of Missouri-St. Louis. Here he taught Restoration and eighteenth-century British literature until his retirement as Professor Emeritus in 2000. Besides his teaching and research studies at UMSL, Tierney served on many department, university, and Faculty Council committees.

Professor Tierney’s scholarly career focused on eighteenth-century British publishing history, particularly on the age’s newspapers and periodicals for which he became recognized as an international authority. His major published work was a heavily annotated edition of the correspondence of the mid-eighteenth-century London bookseller/publisher Robert Dodsley, a work published in 1989 by Cambridge University Press. He published widely in journals in his field and delivered many papers and participated in round tables at annual meetings of professional societies, both in the U.S. and aboard. He was a reader of manuscripts for Cambridge University Press and Yale University Press, as well as a member of the editorial board of Media History (England) and The Eighteenth Century: A Current Bibliography (1978-84). Collectively, his many trips to London to read eighteenth-century newspapers and periodicals in the British Library amounted to several years. Tierney was also a member of the “Salon” at Washington University, a group of eighteenth-century scholars of various disciplines and from several local universities who met monthly to discuss one another’s works in progress.

For work on British periodicals, Professor Tierney enjoyed fellowships at Harvard, Yale, Princeton, the Harry Ransom Research Center, Folger Shakespeare Library, Newberry Library, from the British Academy, and multiple grants from the Andrew Mellon Foundation. For the edition of Dodsley’s correspondence, he was awarded grants from such agencies as the National Endowment for the Humanities, Gladys K. Delmas Foundation, the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the American Philosophical Society. At the time of his death, Professor Tierney was working on two major projects in his field: “A Catalogue of Eighteenth-Century British Periodicals, 1660-1800,” an 80,000 index-card collection inherited from James M. Osborn of Yale. Tierney was in the process of converting the latter to digital form.

Memorials may be made to the Siteman Cancer Center in care of Baue Funeral Home.

There will be a memorial service in New Jersey at a later date.


Guestbook Entries

  1. Pat Eisenhart June 27, 2016 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    We offer you our sympathy Pattie and family. From reading Jim’s obituary, I discover that he must
    have been a brilliant man. Prayers are with him and you.

  2. Jarvis & Anita Smith June 27, 2016 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    Jarvis and I are saddened that we did not have an opportunity to get to know Jim, other than a neighborly hello or wave in passing. We wish you only happy memories once you have an opportunity to be where you can enjoy reflecting upon what must have been a fascinating 21 year marriage. All the best to you…

  3. Linda calahan June 27, 2016 at 6:26 pm - Reply

    Pattie, I have just gotten to know you and learn what a brilliant and wonderful husband you had. I am so very sorry for your loss, but take solace in knowing you had an amazing relationship that spanned 21 years with Jim. You remain in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Bob & Barb Mc Donald June 27, 2016 at 7:57 pm - Reply

    Bob & I want to offer our sympathy on the loss of your husband. Jim went through a long struggle, I hope you find comfort that the suffering is over. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. If we can do anything please let us know.

  5. David Stamps June 27, 2016 at 8:04 pm - Reply

    You have my heartfelt sympathy, Pattie. I’m so glad we connected after many years; I just wish it didn’t overlap with your sorrow. Wishing you God’s comfort.

    David Stamps

  6. Regina Engelken June 27, 2016 at 8:27 pm - Reply

    candle 5Pattie, he had quite an impressive and amazing life, and he clearly valued his relationship with you above all of it. I am kicking myself for never taking one of his classes! My thoughts are with you as you grieve your husband and begin to carve out a new life for yourself with his spirit always at your side.

  7. Alycia Nichols June 27, 2016 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    Pattie, I am so very sorry. The wordsmith has no words.

  8. Trish Coulter Farano June 27, 2016 at 9:13 pm - Reply

    candle 8Pattie, I am sorry for your loss and hope that you find peace knowing that your husband is no longer suffering, and that he obviously loved you so very much. Blessings to you in this difficult time and in the days ahead.

  9. Jim and Anne Finks June 28, 2016 at 11:20 am - Reply

    We send your our heartfelt sympathy and pray for your peace and comfort during this very difficult time.

  10. Nancy tanner June 28, 2016 at 11:42 am - Reply

    candle 6I’m so sorry. Sending lots of thoughts your way.

  11. Carol Koeppe June 28, 2016 at 6:17 pm - Reply

    candle 7Pattie, you have my sympathy as you grieve your loss, and go about the task of putting your life together without your husband. I’m sure it will be a big adjustment. You’ll be in my thoughts and prayers.

  12. Grace Kennedy June 29, 2016 at 9:19 am - Reply

    candle 5Pattie, sorry for the loss of Jim. I worked with Jim at UMSL (department secretary who typed some of his Dodson stuff) and was his student. Also spent time with him on a couple of social occasions back in the 80s. Last saw him about two years ago at an UMSL Retiree Assn. lunch. Talked with him briefly and mentioned how much I enjoyed your food blog. His eyes lit up; he was obviously proud of you. Jim was a genuinely nice and gentle man.

  13. Joan Reading June 29, 2016 at 11:16 am - Reply

    candle 3Pattie, I’m so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing but I know he is no longer in pain and that has to be comforting to you now. I’m sorry I didn’t get to know Jim well but from the obituary it sounds like Jim was a very intelligent and accomplished man. I will keep you and your family in my prayers at this difficult time. My heartfelt sympathy.

  14. Peter Cutillo June 29, 2016 at 12:16 pm - Reply

    Pattie: Although our paths have never crossed in our lifetime I share your loss in Jim. We were class mates and I always appreciated the time we shared during our years in school. He will be missed.

  15. Gina Keckritz July 1, 2016 at 11:11 am - Reply

    Pattie, I am so sorry to hear about Jim. I will always remember him so fondly and such a fixture, along with you, on the 4th floor of Lucas Hall at UMSL. I know it wasn’t long enough, but I’m glad the two of you had 20+ years together. Thinking of you!

  16. Bernie Suttake July 10, 2016 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    Pattie, I knew Jim during the early years. He was two years ahead in elementary school, a hero of mine in high school and a teammate when we played intramural football. Although we have not been in touch for many years, I will cherish the memory of him as a humble, intelligent and spiritual man.

  17. John E Schon August 9, 2016 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    Pattie, I am touched by Uncle Jim’s life accomplishments. Although I did not see him often, I will never forget his kind words to me as a young adult and his inspiration to me to reach for my goals and dreams. And now that he has passed he has touched once again through your words describing what he would say about life; Live simple, travel widely, eat adventurously, and love with reckless abandon. I will use those words to honor my Godfather, Uncle Jim.

    Love to you and your family.

    John E. Schon

  18. Maureen E. Mulvihill August 10, 2016 at 9:42 pm - Reply

    Rest in peace, Jim Tierney. You will ever have the affection and respect of many friends, colleagues, and students who benefited from your humanity and scholarly contribution. You and I shared many colorful interests ~ life in NYC, Fordham and NYU (your schools, where I taught a few courses), and Irish Stds (Swift & his circle). You were always generous, always interested, in the life & projects of others. And I know that you & Pattie had many happy years together. Thank you for all that you gave us, you shall be missed and remembered. My condolences to Pattie and all the Tierneys.

    Maureen E. Mulvihill
    Brooklyn, NY / Sarasota, FL
    10th August 2016.

  19. Jim May September 20, 2016 at 11:20 am - Reply

    It was fun to go anywhere with Jim Tierney, like the grocery store, because he was outgoing and talkative with strangers. He liked people, and his sociability could be surprising sometimes since he could carry an irritation over pretension, foolishness, and knavery or over his own bodily pain. As a scholar he was ambitious and rigorous, with very high standards (which to his chagrin he found were in decline). He took pains in his work and suffered much pain in his last decade, repeatedly let down by his body. Jim loved to drive, and that was indicative of how he liked to see the world. And he was very loyal to his friends and family–he had a black-belt in friendship, and, loving his wife Patti very much, he was very eager to see her happy and successful, and he was proud of her successes and always mentioned them in letters. Everyone who knew Jim well loved him and will miss him and will go on thinking of him, hearing his voice, years after his death.

  20. Nan August 21, 2019 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    Dr. Tierney was my favorite professor from 1973-1982 at UMSL. During both my undergraduate and graduate years, I conducted several research projects in 18th century English periodicals, even making some unique observations (such as sketches in reprints of The Connoisseur) in some of the periodicals I researched. UMSL and the academic world has lost a fine researcher and teacher.

    My condolences to his family.

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