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Mourning the passing of honorary degree recipient Annette Kolodny

Author: Communications Office

Posted on Oct 1, 2019

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Please join me in offering condolences to family and friends of honorary degree recipient Annette Kolodny, who passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019 in Tucson, AZ. She was 78.

Originally from New York City, Annette was considered a pioneer of women’s studies and feminist literary criticism. She has a BA in English from Brooklyn College, City University of New York (1962) and a PhD in British and American Literature from the University of California at Berkley (1969). She served as dean of the college of humanities at the University of Arizona from 1988 until 1993, and retired as professor emerita from that same institution in 2007.

Throughout her career, Annette authored many notable articles and books, including her ground-breaking essays on feminist critical theory, Dancing Through the Minefield: Some Observations on the Theory, Practice, and Politics of a Feminist Literary Criticism (1980).

Annette was the recipient of many awards and fellowships from various prestigious organizations, such as the Rockefeller Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the National Women’s Studies Association, among others. She was also named honorary doctor of letters at UNB’s 171st Encaenia in 2000.

A memorial service took place on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019 in Tucson, AZ. Condolences can be made online. Flags were lowered yesterday on both the Fredericton and Saint John campuses. Annette will be missed by all who knew her and our thoughts are with her family.


Dr. Paul J. Mazerolle

President and Vice-Chancellor

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