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In Memoriam: Peggy Hedrick Deierhoi, 1934-2024

In Memoriam: Peggy Hedrick Deierhoi, 1934-2024

Her higher education experience included academic appointments at the University of Tennessee and Georgia Perimeter College. After she retired, Deierhoi served the lifelong learning programs at Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina. and Florida Atlantic University.

In Memoriam: Kristin Abbott, 1982-2024

In Memoriam: Kristin Abbott, 1982-2024

“Dr. Abbott was an incredibly kind and responsive physician,” said Mona Dugo, assistant vice president for wellness and dean of students for Northwestern Student Affairs. “Those of us who had the honor of working with her throughout her Northwestern tenure came to rely on her ability to lead with compassion.

In Memoriam: Dana Fox, 1957-2024

In Memoriam: Dana Fox, 1957-2024

Throughout the course of her 28 year career, Dana Fox served as a professor of English education, holding faculty appointments at the University of Georgia, the University of Arizona, George State University, and Kennesaw State University in Georgia.

In Memoriam: Jane Guyer, 1943-2024

In Memoriam: Jane Guyer, 1943-2024

Dr. Guyer was a professor emerita at Johns Hopkins University where she formerly served as the George Armstrong Kelly Professor of Anthropology and co-chair of The Academy. Throughout her career, she conducted extensive research on economic transformations in West Africa.

In Memoriam: Nancy Vacc, 1939-2024

In Memoriam: Nancy Vacc, 1939-2024

“Nancy Vacc, with her great heart and generous spirit, not only unselfishly gave the university impactful resources, but helped shape our campus, inform our values, and move us forward,” said Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr., chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

In Memoriam: Pauline Adams, 1922-2024

In Memoriam: Pauline Adams, 1922-2024

Former Michigan State University professor Pauline Gordon Adams passed away on January 16. She was 101 years old.

In Memoriam: Joyce Inez Johnson Bolden, 1933-2023

In Memoriam: Joyce Inez Johnson Bolden, 1933-2023

Dr. Bolden’s teaching and professional career began at Utica Junior College in Utica, Missississippi. She and her husband moved to Alcorn State University in 1957. During a 42-year career at Alcorn State, Dr. Bolden served in many capacities including concert choir director, music professor, honors colloquium professor, and chair of the department of fine arts.

In Memoriam: Margaret Hammond Dornish, 1934-2023

In Memoriam: Margaret Hammond Dornish, 1934-2023

Dr. Dornish joined the faculty at Pomona College in 1969. When she began at Pomona, Dr. Dornish was among a handful of women faculty and the lone female instructor in a building that did not have a women’s bathroom.

In Memoriam: Christy L. Burns: 1962-2023

In Memoriam: Christy L. Burns: 1962-2023

Dr. Burns joined the faculty at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, in 1992. She was promoted to associate professor in 1998 and retired in 2020 after 28 years of service to William & Mary.

In Memoriam: Cynthia Haldenby Tyson, 1937-2024

In Memoriam: Cynthia Haldenby Tyson, 1937-2024

A native of England, President Tyson led Mary Baldwin from 1985 to 2003. Before coming to Mary Baldwin, she served as a faculty member and as vice president for academic affairs and chief academic officer at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina from 1969 to 1985.

In Memoriam: Sharon E. Barker, 1949-2023

In Memoriam: Sharon E. Barker, 1949-2023

Barker served as the first director of the Women’s Resource Center at the University of Maine from 1991 until her retirement in 2014. In that role, Barker mentored countless students, collaborated with faculty and staff, and served as a liaison with women’s organizations in the community.

In Memoriam: Colleen J. McElroy, 1935-2023

In Memoriam: Colleen J. McElroy, 1935-2023

In 1983, Dr. McElroy became the first Black woman to serve as a full-time faculty member at the University of Washington. From 1995 to 2007, Professor McElroy served as editor of The Seattle Review, a literary magazine based at the university.

In Memoriam: Molly Sue Wantz, 1941-2023

In Memoriam: Molly Sue Wantz, 1941-2023

Combining her education and professional life, Molly had a 41-year association with Ball State University, with an emphasis on teaching methodologies, curriculum development, and teacher training.

In Memoriam: Peggy Downes Baskin, 1930-2023

In Memoriam: Peggy Downes Baskin, 1930-2023

For 18 years, Dr. Baskin was a professor of political science at Santa Clara University, specializing in the study of the United States presidency, elections, and presidential management styles. She spent five years at the University of California, Santa Cruz as a senior lecturer on women and politics and women in power.

In Memoriam: Marilyn Maxine Preheim Rose, 1927-2023

In Memoriam: Marilyn Maxine Preheim Rose, 1927-2023

Dr. Rose taught the first course on anthropology and women’s studies at the University of Iowa, and subsequently taught in both the anthropology and women’s studies departments at the university, with a focus on women and aging in cross-cultural perspectives.

In Memoriam: Natalie Zemon Davis,1928-2023

In Memoriam: Natalie Zemon Davis,1928-2023

Dr. Davis, a 2003 recipient of the National Humanities Medal, joined Princeton’s faculty in 1978 and transferred to emeritus status in 1996. She directed the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies from 1990 to 1994 and was a founder of the Program in Women’s Studies

In Memoriam: Estelle Ackerman Fishbein, 1934-2023

In Memoriam: Estelle Ackerman Fishbein, 1934-2023

Estelle Fishbein, the first woman to serve as general counsel at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Fishbein retired as general counsel in 2004, after 29 years in the post.

In Memoriam: Marie Isabel Charles, 1926-2023

In Memoriam: Marie Isabel Charles, 1926-2023

In 1973, Dr. Charles was appointed assistant dean of the College of Arts and Letters at the University of Notre Dame just a year after women were first admitted. In 1976, she became the first woman to serve as a dean at the University of Notre Dame. In 1982 Dr. Charles was appointed assistant provost and director of international studies at Notre Dame.

In Memoriam: Diana Elizabeth Edelman Kleiner, 1947-2023

In Memoriam: Diana Elizabeth Edelman Kleiner, 1947-2023

Diana Kleiner was the Dunham Professor of the History of Art and Classics, Emerita at Yale University. She was an acclaimed art historian known for her expertise on the art and architecture of the ancient Romans.

In Memoriam: Catherine Ann Pierre, 1970-2023

In Memoriam: Catherine Ann Pierre, 1970-2023

Pierre arrived at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore in 2003 as associate editor of Johns Hopkins Magazine, becoming its editor in 2007. She then served as editorial director of the university’s central communications office, interim vice president for communications, director of communications, and senior director of integrated marketing.

In Memoriam: Betty Rasberry McCommas, 1931-2023

In Memoriam: Betty Rasberry McCommas, 1931-2023

She taught at Ouachita Baptist University her entire career, retiring in 1998 after 44 years of service.

In Memoriam: Emily Honig, 1953-2023

In Memoriam: Emily Honig, 1953-2023

Dr. Honig taught at Lafayette College and Yale University, before joining the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1992 where she would teach for the next 28 years.

In Memoriam: Janet Martin, 1938-2023

In Memoriam: Janet Martin, 1938-2023

After four years as an instructor and assistant professor at Harvard University, including a year as a fellow of the American Academy in Rome, Dr. Martin spent the rest of her academic career at Princeton. She joined the Princeton faculty in 1973, where she taught for 37 years.

In Memoriam: Anne Alice Skleder, 1965-2023

In Memoriam: Anne Alice Skleder, 1965-2023

Anne Skleder, the tenth president of Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia, and the first women president in its 145-year history, has died in Atlanta after a lengthy battle with leukemia.

In Memoriam: Sandra Williams Rackley, 1937-2023

In Memoriam: Sandra Williams Rackley, 1937-2023

Dr. Rackley began her career by joining the faculty of Florida A&M University. She later moved to Florida State University to join the faculty in the College Communication. There she served as associate dean and later dean of undergraduate studies.

In Memoriam: Karin Woodruff Jackson, 1940-2023

In Memoriam: Karin Woodruff Jackson, 1940-2023

In 1974, Jackson began teaching courses in women’s studies at the University of Southern Maine. She went on to teach for 10 years at Westbrook College in Portland, Maine, and later for 20 years at the University of Maine at Augusta.

In Memoriam: Mei-Yau Shih, 1958-2023

In Memoriam: Mei-Yau Shih, 1958-2023

A native of Taiwan, Dr. Shih joined the Center for Teaching & Learning at the University of zmsssachusetts Amherst in 1998 to direct the TEACHnology Fellowship. An industrious and insightful proponent of effective teaching, she consulted with hundreds of faculty members on course design.

In Memoriam: Dianne Jemison Pollard

In Memoriam: Dianne Jemison Pollard

In addition to her service as dean of the Honors College at Texas Southern University, Dr. Jemison Pollard was chair of the department of fine arts at the university for 10 years. She also was an award-winning university stage director who directed over 50 productions.

In Memoriam: Alice L. Laffey, 1944-2023

In Memoriam: Alice L. Laffey, 1944-2023

Dr. Laffey was the first woman to earn a doctoral degree in sacred scripture at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. She then taught for 35 years at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.

In Memoriam: Constance Parry Faulkner, 1936-2023

In Memoriam: Constance Parry Faulkner, 1936-2023

Dr. Faulkner taught political economy, cultural and women studies, and social theory at Fairhaven College, Western Washington University, from 1968 to her retirement in 1990. She also taught at the University of Utah.

In Memoriam: Evelyn Fox Keller, 1936-2023

In Memoriam: Evelyn Fox Keller, 1936-2023

Dr. Keller joined the MIT faculty in 1992 after teaching at a large number of prestigious institutions. That year, she received a MacArthur Foundation “genius” award for her scholarship. The foundation called her “a scholar whose interdisciplinary work raises important questions about the interrelationships among language, gender, and science.”

In Memoriam: Francine Oputa, 1953-2023

In Memoriam: Francine Oputa, 1953-2023

During her 30-year career at Fresno State, Dr. Oputa served as director of the Center for Women and Culture and director of the Central Valley Cultural Heritage Institute. She retired as director of the Cross Cultural and Gender Center in 2021.

In Memoriam: Orinthia T. Montague, 1967-2023

In Memoriam: Orinthia T. Montague, 1967-2023

In 2021, Dr. Montague was named the fourth president of Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, Tennessee. Previously, she was the fourth president of Tompkins Cortland Community College in Dryden, New York, from 2017 to 2021.

In Memoriam: Sheila Susan Moriber Katz, 1943-2023

In Memoriam: Sheila Susan Moriber Katz, 1943-2023

Sheila Moriber Katz was a professor and former dean of Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. As a young faculty member at the medicl school, she discovered the bacteria that causes Legionnaire’s disease,

In Memoriam: Carol Clancey Harter, 1941-2023

In Memoriam: Carol Clancey Harter, 1941-2023

After serving on the faculty and later as vice president and dean of students at Ohio University, Dr. Harter was named president of the State University of New York at Geneseo. She became the first woman president of UNLV in 1995 and served in that role for 11 years.