Date: Tue, 06 Jan 1998 09:13:47 +0000
From: Willard McCarty <Willard.McCarty@kcl.ac.uk>
Subject: Elaine Nardocchio 1945-1998
It is with great sadness that I announce the death of our colleague Elaine
Nardocchio, 3 January 1998, pioneer in humanities computing in Canada,
founding President of the Consortium for Computing in the Humanities and
friend to many of us there. As a representative to the Consortium for a
number of years and editor of its newsletter, I recall many lively meetings
chaired by Elaine and stimulated by her enthusiasm and driving energy.
Pulling representatives from across that stretched-out country to any one
place along its narrow band of population centres -- and convincing their
deans to pay for the trips and to help fund the organisation -- takes much
energy, persuasive power and vision. She had that, and more. She will be missed.
As Ian Lancashire, current President of the Consortium, wrote in a recent
note to members,
>She was a colleague of great talent and personal warmth who
>both founded our society in 1986 and brought us all
>together, first in Ontario, and then from coast to coast.
>She had enthusiasm, grace, immense patience, and--throughout
>her life to its close--an inspiring courage.
>Her Web site may be visited at www.chass.utoronto.ca/~nardo/nardo.html.
The following obituary is taken directly from her web page.
Nardocchio, Elaine Frances, B.A. St Francis Xavier University, M.A.
Middlebury College, Ph.D., Université Laval, Associate Professor of French
at McMaster University - Born July 5th, 1945 in Sydney, Nova Scotia. Died
peacefully at home in Toronto January 3rd, 1997, after a courageous and in
many ways successful struggle against cancer. Survived by her husband,
Charles Jones and her son, Gavin Nardocchio-Jones, as well as by her
parents, Anthony and Kay Nardocchio and her sisters, Carolyn Ross and
Patricia Barrington. Sincere thanks to friends, colleagues and health care
professionals who helped in so many ways over a three-year period. Open,
generous, outspoken and with considerable presence, she served as
President of the Canadian Federation of the Humanities (now the Canadian
Humanities and Social Sciences Federation) as well as exercising
leadership in a wide range of organizations from the North Toronto Soccer
League to the Canadian Consortium for Computing in the Humanities and the
PLURALT interdisciplinary research group at McMaster University. Always
striving to make a difference, she attended many academic gatherings and
ornamented them with her passion and style. The videos that she made for
her course on Québec theatre will contribute to her teaching legacy, as
will those she made about her strategies for coping with cancer.
Visitation at Trull Funeral Home, 2704 Yonge St., 2:00 p.m. Monday January
5th. Funeral service at Glenview Presbyterian Church, 1 Glenview Avenue
2:00 p.m. Tuesday January 6th. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made
to the Elaine Nardocchio Memorial Fellowship, Dean of Humanities, McMaster
University, Hamilton, Ontario, L8S 4L9, or to the Wellspring Foundation:
81, Wellesley St. East, Toronto, M4Y 1H6.
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Dr. Willard McCarty, Senior Lecturer, King's College London
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