We are saddened to write that Maximilian Aue, Associate Professor of German Studies, died August 6, 2012, as a result of a vehicular accident. Max had been a member of the Emory faculty since 1968, and served in a variety of leadership roles — including multiple terms as chair of German Studies. Among his many contributions to Emory was his role as the creator of the summer study abroad program in Vienna, which Max began in 1973 and which remains a cornerstone of the German Studies program. Since the early 1990s, Max was also a core member of the faculty in Comparative Literature, where he contributed to the success of that graduate program.
Max’s research and teaching interests ranged broadly from German romanticism to contemporary Austrian literature. He had a particular interest in Robert Musil, and also translated four different volumes of the work of Ludwig Wittgenstein. At the time of his death he was at work on a manuscript on the reinvention of Venice in twentieth-century German literature and thought.
Even a brief meeting with Max left an impression of his forceful integrity and intellectual generosity, as well as his deep commitment to his colleagues and students. Please join our colleagues in German Studies and Comparative Literature in mourning this tragic loss.
He is survived by his wife, Missy, two grown children, Anthony and Marianna, and three grandchildren. His family has asked that in lieu of flowers, gifts be directed to the German Studies Department to support the Vienna study abroad program, or to the Paideia School. A memorial service will be held at Emory University on September 6th, 5:30pm at Cannon Chapel.
by Dean Robin Forman