University Memorial Service for Adele Dalsimer Is April 6

University Memorial Service for Adele Dalsimer Is April 6

By Rosanne Pellegrini
Staff Writer

Members of the University community are invited to attend a memorial service for the late Prof. Adele Dalsimer (English), co-founder and co-director of the Irish Studies Program, on Thursday, April 6 at 11 a.m. in Gasson 100.

Dalsimer died on Feb. 13 after a long struggle with multiple myeloma. She was 60.

Vice President and Assistant to the President William B. Neenan, SJ, will offer welcoming remarks at the memorial service, which will include tributes by Dalsimer's Irish Studies colleagues and other friends and associates.

"We want it to be a celebration of her life and legacy, rather than a sad occasion," said Irish Studies Program Associate Director Robert Savage. "The memorial service will be a nice way for the wider community to gather to remember Adele and the good things she brought to the program, the students and faculty, and to the University as a whole."

Among those slated to speak on behalf of Dalsimer's students past and present, according to Savage, is Margaret Kelleher, an alumna of the Irish Studies doctoral program and a faculty member at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

In 1978, Dalsimer and Assoc. Prof. Kevin O'Neill (History) created the Irish Studies Program, now recognized as the premier program of its kind in the nation. She received several honors for her work in Irish studies, including honorary degrees from the University of Ulster and the National University of Ireland, and recognition as an honorary Irish-American by Irish America magazine in its "Top 100 Irish Americans" issue of 1996.

The memorial service will be followed by a reception in the Gasson Hall rotunda, with music arranged by Irish Studies Music Programs Director Séamus Connolly.

 

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