Adele G. Jenney, 83, a former English professor at the Falls Church branch of the University of Virginia and Northern Virginia Community College, died of a respiratory infection Feb. 22 at the Emeritus at Arlington retirement community, where she had lived since August.

A son, Frederick E. Jenney, confirmed the death.

Adele Gillespie, a longtime resident of Arlington, was born in Canton, Ohio. She was a 1951 graduate of Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and received a master’s degree in English from Yale University in 1952. She received a doctorate in English from George Washington University in 1970.

Dr. Jenney moved to the Washington area in 1962 after having taught at schools in Connecticut, Columbus, Ga., and Williamsburg.

In 1964, she began teaching at the Falls Church regional campus of the University of Virginia. Beginning in 1976, she also taught at the Alexandria campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Her academic specialty was 20th-century American literature, especially the works of William Faulkner.

After retiring from teaching in 1982, Dr. Jenney held a variety of administrative jobs with Hospice of Northern Virginia for 17 years. From 1999 to 2010, she was a coordinator of volunteer services at the home health-care branch of Inova Fairfax Hospital.

Her marriage to Larry L. Jenney ended in divorce.

Survivors include two sons, Frederick E. Jenney of Washington and Jack Jenney of Gilroy, Calif.; a sister; and four grandchildren.

— Bart Barnes