Rene S. Taube, 93, a retired professor of German literature at Howard University, died Feb. 19 at an Eden Homes nursing facility in Silver Spring.

He had dementia, said his son Marcel Taube.

Dr. Taube joined Howard’s German department in 1969 and retired in 1974. Earlier in his career, he taught German literature at the University at Buffalo.

Rene Simon Taube was born in Vienna to a family of partial Jewish heritage that fled to Ecuador after Hitler’s rise to power. In 1948, he received a doctorate in chemistry from the Central University of Ecuador.

After moving to Baltimore, he received a master’s degree in German literature from Johns Hopkins University in 1952. He received a second doctorate in German literature from Ohio State University in 1958. He came to the Washington area in 1966.

Dr. Taube lived in Hyattsville and enjoyed classical music.

His wife of 58 years, Renata Aron Taube, died in 2009. Survivors include two children, Marcel Taube of Adelphi and Vivian Taube of Berkeley, Calif.

— Megan McDonough