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Joseph V. Ridgely, Edgar Allan Poe scholar
Joseph V. Ridgely, Edgar Allan Poe scholar

Joseph Vincent Ridgely, a retired university professor who studied American literature and was a specialist in 19th-century Southern writers, including Edgar Allan Poe, died of complications from atrial fibrillation Sept. 27 at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring. The longtime Roland Park resident was 93. Born in Montgomery, Ala., he was the son of Raymond Ridgely, city manager of St. Petersburg, Fla., where the family lived. His mother was the former Eelje Scriven, a legal secretary. He earned a bachelor's degree at University of Florida, where he also received a master's degree. As a young man, he attended spring training baseball games held in his hometown. He caught...