Frank De Caro

Frank De Caro

We are sad to announce that Frank de Caro passed away the morning of March 22, 2020 at Ochsner Hospital in New Orleans.  Frank was a professor of folklore in the English Department from 1971 to 2004.  Frank grew up in New York City, earned an undergraduate degree from St. Francis College, an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars, taught English on a Fulbright in India from 1966 to 1967, and then studied folklore at Indiana University, where he earned his Ph.D. in 1972. His long and distinguished career included the publication of thirteen books as author or editor, and service as President of the Fellows of the American Folklore Society, President of the Louisiana Folklore Society, and as Editor of the Louisiana Miscellany. His research covered a wide range of subjects; among his works are Women and Folklore: A Bibliographical Survey, American Proverb Literature: A Bibliography (co-author), and with his wife, Rosan Jordan, of Re-Situating Folklore: Folk Contexts in 20th Century Literature and Art.  His work on Louisiana folklore includes Folklife in Louisiana Photography: Images of Tradition and Louisiana Sojourns: Travelers' Tales and Literary Journeys, which received the Louisiana Humanities Book Award.  Frank remained an active scholar well beyond his retirement. In 2013, he published two books, Folklore Recycled: Old Traditions in New Contexts and Stories of our Lives: Memory, History, Narrative.  Most recently, he co-authored with Leslie A. Wade and Robin Roberts Downtown Mardi Gras (University of Mississippi Press, 2019), a study of the changes in Carnival practices after Hurricane Katrina. Frank was much beloved by his colleagues at LSU and by members of the American Folklore Society.  We mourn his passing and send our deepest sympathies to Rosan.