Charles Vernon Eidsvik, of Athens, Georgia passed peacefully from this life on July 7, 2021. Dr. Eidsvik earned his PhD in English at the University of Illinois in 1970 having written his dissertation on Film as Literature. He joined the English faculty at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst where he taught courses in Rhetoric of Film. During the 1975-76 academic year he served as exchange professor in Freiburg, Germany.
He joined the University of Georgia Department of Drama in 1977 where he taught and established Film courses until his retirement in July 2006. He was the recipient of Fulbright Scholarships in Freiburg and Augsburg, Germany. He also taught film in studies abroad in Avignon, and the Cannes Film Festival programs in France.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Anna; son, Erik (spouse Katherine); and daughter, Kara (spouse Emily); and two grandchildren, Graham and Max; his brother, Paul; two sisters-in-law, Carol Ulmer and Josephine Brown; nephews, Shannon and Reece Ulmer and Ryan Brown. He was predeceased by his parents and his sister.
A Tribute to Charles Eidsvik will take place on Saturday, July 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at Ciné, 234 W. Hancock Ave., Athens, GA 30601. A creative, witty, professor, Dr. Eidsvik’s mission was to get students to learn and think. He mentored many students touching and changing their lives. He generously shared his life with family, friends, and students.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Charles Eidsvik to Ciné, Athenscine.com or to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, michaeljfox.org.