University Celebrates Life of Adele Dalsimer
William B. Neenan, SJ, speaks during the April 6 service for Adele Dalsimer. (Photo by Lee Pellegrini)

University Celebrates Life of Adele Dalsimer

Spirited music, evocative poetry, fond anecdotes and tears flowed throughout the University's April 6 memorial service for Prof. Adele Dalsimer (English), co-founder and co-director of the Irish Studies Program, who died Feb. 13.

An overflow crowd of Dalsimer's colleagues, friends and family members packed Gasson 100 for the service, which included readings by Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney and former Burns Scholar Nuala Ni Dhom hn aill of poems they wrote in memory of Dalsimer, and personal reminiscences from her husband, James Dalsimer.

"No one escaped Adele's excitement, including me," said Dalsimer of his late wife's enthusiasm for her work, through which he said his "own circle was broadened and enriched." He concluded with an excerpt from an Edgar Allen Poe poem: "I was a child and she was a child/In this kingdom by the sea/But we loved with a love that was more than love/I and my Annabel Lee."

Vice President and Assistant to the President William B. Neenan, SJ, who served as master of ceremonies for the event, also offered a tribute to Dalsimer, as did Assoc. Prof. Kevin O'Neill (History) - her Irish Studies co-director and co-founder - English Department professors Robin Lydenburg and Kristin Morrison, and Margaret Kelleher, a former doctoral student of Dalsimer's now teaching at the National University of Ireland in Maynooth.

An ensemble under the direction of Irish Studies Music Programs Director Seamus Connolly played selections of Irish traditional music.

-Sean Smith

 

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