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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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