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By Kent Larsen

Mormon Writer and Academic Eugene England has Surgery for Brain Tumor

PROVO, UTAH -- Well-known Mormon writer and academic Eugene England was hospitalized following surgery yesterday to remove two golf-ball sized cysts from behind his eye and a portion of a brain tumor in the right front lobe of his brain. England is a writer in residence at Utah Valley State College and a retired BYU professor best known for his books "Dialogues with Myself" and "Why the Church Is as True as the Gospel," and for co-founding the academic journal "Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought."

According to family friends, England had suffered from blinding headaches and a general emotional and physical decline for some time. On Tuesday evening, his brain began hemmorrhaging and he became paralyzed on his left side. Doctors at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo, Utah operated for several hours Wednesday morning, removing the cysts and a portion of a tumor, which also required removing the right front lobe of his brain. Doctors will determine if further surgery is necessary following lab results due Friday.

Family and friends are encouraged by his recovery so far. As of this morning, he is showing the normal signs of recovery from a stroke, including slurred speech and paralysis in some parts of his body. However, England is reported to be conscious and coherent enough to ask questions and even joke about his slurred speech, according to a report from BYU professor Gideon Burton. Utah Valley State College president Kerry D. Romesburg also indicated that he was encouraged by England's recovery so far. But, according to Burton, one major concern is that the area of the brain removed controls personality.

News of England's disability was first reported yesterday in a message from Burton to the on-line Mormon literature discussion list AML, in which Burton asked for prayers in England's behalf.

After joining Utah Valley State College as a writer-in-residence in 1998, England convinced the college to last year establish the first formal academic program in Mormon Studies at the college, the Center for the Study of Mormon Culture. He has also been involved recently in the college's study abroad programs and is teaching classes at the college currently.

See also:

Eugene England biography, Mormon Literature Website

The Battle for England: LDS writer's journey traces his struggle between church and cultural criticism

UVSC To Study Mormons; College to pioneer LDS cultural program


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