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Re: Judith McCulloh

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Sad news indeed. I will always remember Judy as the ever-welcoming 
spirit of the publishers' display room at AFS meetings, where she held 
court at the UI Press table. She was always ready to talk--and to 
inspire.

Michael Taft


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From: Hall, Stephanie <[log in to unmask]>
To: AGU <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Mon, Jul 14, 2014 3:26 pm
Subject: Judith McCulloh



Dear Archie Green Union members:
 
It is our sad duty to let you know that Judith McCulloh passed away on 
Saturday.  As those of you who served or worked with her will know, 
Judy was a passionate and tireless advocate for AFC during her years as 
an official trustee and, since 2004, as Trustee Emerita.  Over the last 
years she has been a wise counselor for us, as well as the conscience 
of the AFC's original mission.  Judy was a truly remarkable folklorist 
who affected our field in many ways.  As an editor at the University of 
Illinois Press, she has had an incalculable effect: through the Music 
in American Life series in particular, she established folk and roots 
music as a respected field of inquiry to an extent that it never was 
before. As a member of NEA Folk Arts panels, and especially as a member 
of the AFC board, she helped folklife become more firmly established in 
the government, and led the fight for AFC’s permanent authorization in 
the 1990s.  As President and Executive Board Member of the American 
Folklore Society, she worked to advance the Society and the field in 
both academia and the public sector. 
 
Judy has received honors from many of the organizations she has worked 
with.  In 2004, AFC named her its first Trustee Emerita. In 2010, she 
received the Bess Lomax Hawes National Heritage Fellowship from the 
NEA, which is given for major contributions to the excellence, 
vitality, and public appreciation of the folk and traditional arts. 
Earlier this year, the AFS Executive Board named Judy the first 
recipient of its Lifetime Award for Service to the Field.  This award 
will be presented posthumously at this year's annual meeting in Santa 
Fe. For more about Judy, you can read her biography and an interview 
with her on the NEA site:  
http://arts.gov/honors/heritage/fellows/judith-mcculloh.
 
Condolences should be sent to her husband Leon McCulloh, at 403 West 
Oregon Street, Urbana IL 612801-4127.  Plans for a memorial service, 
and information about donations to be made in Judy's name, are being 
prepared.  We will let you know when we receive those details.
 
As we move ahead with the important work of the American Folklife 
Center, let us all keep Judith McCulloh in mind as an inspiring and 
exemplary folklorist, friend, and trustee.
 
Kurt Dewhurst (Chairman) and Betsy Peterson (Director), American 
Folklife Center
 
Reply to Betsy Peterson: [log in to unmask] 202.707.1745
 
Posted to AGU by:
Stephanie A. Hall  [log in to unmask]
Automated Reference Specialist
American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
 
 

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