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"Lauer, A Robert" <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 16 Jan 2015 15:58:16 +0000
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From: Charles Ganelin [[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Friday, January 16, 2015 09:56
To: Lauer, A Robert
Subject: Re: Sad news

Thank you, Roberto, for sending this along.

"Indomitable" accurately describes Shirley! Her knowledge of Early Modern Spain (though she would never use that term) was profound, and she could be a stern questioner or commentator during a conference session, but you always saw full concentration in her gaze and knew she was listening to every word. In those rare moments when Shirley offered a compliment, you knew, again, that your work was well-founded and well-explained. Amy has rightfully reminded us of the legacy that Shirley has provided.



Charles Victor Ganelin
Professor of Spanish
Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Miami University
Oxford, OH 45056


"It is difficult/to get the news from poems/yet men die miserably every day/for lack/of what is found there."--Williams Carlos Williams, "Asphodel, That Greeny Flower"

On Jan 16, 2015, at 10:33 AM, "Lauer, A Robert" <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:

From: Amy Williamsen [[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>]
Sent: Friday, January 16, 2015 09:28
To: S.P. Garcia
Cc: Campbell, Gwyn; Lauer, A Robert
Subject: Fwd: Sad news

Dear Susan and Roberto,

Please help us distribute this sad information.

We just learned Shirley Whitaker, indomitable comediante, passed away late last year, on Saturday, December 27th.  Born  in Lumberton, NC on September 19, 1928, she earned her BA and MA from Duke, receiving her PhD in Romance Languages from UNC Chapel Hill.  She had a long, distinguished career teaching at UNCG.  Her legacy of scholarly excellence lives on in her research and in the wealth of Siglo de Oro resources our library holds.

I am attaching the link to her obituary.


The family requests that memorial contributions be sent to UNCG Spanish Department, now part of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures:  P.O. Box 26170, Greensboro, NC, 27402-6170.

With a sense of loss,

Amy R. Williamsen, Ph.D.

Department Head and Professor of Hispanic Studies
Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
2332 Moore Humanities and Research Building
NB de ARL: Muy tristes noticias, en efecto. Shirley fue siempre una dama muy querida y muy respetada de todos.