Louise and Peter Fothergill-Payne Memorial Scholarships

Louise Fothergill-Payne (1933-1998)

Dr. Louise Fothergill-Payne was an internationally renowned Hispanist.  Raised and educated in Holland, she held degrees from the University of Amsterdam and the University of Groningen.  In 1960, Louise married Peter Fothergill-Payne and moved to England where Peter, a professor of French, taught at Eton College and Westminster School.

The Fothergill-Paynes moved to Canada in 1965, to the University of Calgary, where both of them held teaching posts. Louise became a Full Professor in 1981 and remained at the University of Calgary until her early retirement in 1992. Shortly thereafter, Louise and Peter moved to Victoria, where Louise joined UVic in 1994 as Adjunct Full Professor in the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies, a post she occupied until her death. 

Her two books--La Alegoria en los Autos Sacramentales anteriores a Calderon (1977) and Seneca and Celestina (1988)--both were awarded the Canadian Association of Hispanists' prize for best book. Her publications also include numerous scholarly journal articles and two volumes of essays, co-edited with her husband, comparing English and Spanish Renaissance drama. She served as the first female secretary/treasurer, vice-president, and president of the Canadian Association of Hispanists, and was the first female member of the editorial board of the Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispanicos.

Her prominent role in Canadian and international letters was recognized in 1992 when she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.  Upon her induction into the Royal Society she proceeded to revitalize its Vancouver Island Chapter.

This endowed scholarship was established by her husband in 1998 in tribute to Louise.


Peter Fothergill-Payne (1936-2018)

Peter Fothergill-Payne is a retired professor of French, originally from England.  He holds a degree from Oxford University and taught at Eton College and Westminster School prior to moving to Canada in 1965.  At the University of Calgary, he held a teaching position from 1965 until 1992, when he moved to Victoria. Peter published a number of articles and papers in Portuguese studies during his career. From the early 1980s till the early 2000s, he provided consulting services to the oil industry on the language of international contracts. He established this scholarship at the University of Victoria in 2001.

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