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In Memory

Katharine Rodier - Class Of 1973

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01/27/14 09:38 AM #1    

Vicki Moeser (1973)


(Sep 18, 2011)

Dr. KATHARINE M. RODIER, 56, was called back from this world on Sept. 10, 2011. A member of the Marshall University English Department faculty for 16 years, she was a widely admired teacher, scholar and colleague. Her father, Captain Richard L. Rodier, USN, preceded her in death. Mourning her passing are her beloved mother, Barbara Rodier of Falls Church, Va.; sisters, Anne Rodier Sanda of Weston, Mass., and Sarah M. Rodier of Bluffton, S.C.; brother, Robert Rodier of Falls Church, Va.; and scores of loving friends, academic colleagues and devoted former students. Born in 1955, she came to Marshall in 1995, after earning the Ph.D. in American literature at the University of Connecticut, specializing in the work of Emily Dickinson. She was the co-editor of two collections of critical essays and the author of numerous scholarly articles, including an extensive study of Bessie Woodson Yancey, the sister of famed African-American historian and Huntington native Carter G. Woodson. At the time of her passing, she was involved in the recovery of lost writings by American women authors. Recognized at Marshall by multiple awards in both teaching and graduate student advising, she served for 10 years as the English department's director of graduate and undergraduate studies. She also was an accomplished poet. In life, she was brilliant and giving; in illness, courageous and cheerful; and in death, graceful and serene. All who knew her will cherish the many memories of her sharp wit, quiet wisdom and always-radiant kindness, until we too are called back. A memorial service will be held at Marshall University on Oct. 30 at 1 p.m. in the Shawkey Room of Memorial Student Center. The family welcomes donations to Hospice of Huntington and to the Katharine Marie Rodier Fund at the University of Virginia. Chapman's Mortuary, Huntington, is in charge of arrangements.

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