Edward van Aelstyn

Remembering Van

Edward Arthur “Van” van Aelstyn passed away peacefully on May 23, 2018.  He was at home and two of his children were by his side.

Van had a rich life as a theater director and actor, professor of English and film, editor, and activist.  His approach to theater was unique, as were his productions.  Van was an enthusiastic, knowledgeable and discriminating appreciator and supporter of the visual arts, music, theater, and literature.

While earning his Doctor of Arts in English and American Literature and Linguistics from University of Oregon, Van assembled and conducted a 17-piece orchestra and also served as the editor of the University’s Northwest Review.  Van transformed the Northwest Review into a leading literary voice, publishing numerous noted poets.  In writing of Van’s term as editor, David Schneider wrote, “Possessed of an excellent academic record, van Aelstyn also displayed native curiosity, absorptive openness, and enviable spine…” {Click here to read the rest of this feature, and to learn more about a new Memorial Scholarship program founded in Van’s honor.}