The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0498 Wednesday, 14 October 2009
From: Lysbeth Benkert-Rasmussen <
Date: Sunday, 04 Oct 2009 21:26:46 -0500
Subject: Barbara Palmer
Perhaps others are already aware of this, but I had not seen it posted
here and felt that it ought to be given proper notice.
Barbara Palmer, 66, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009, at Mary
Washington Hospital. She had courageously battled lung cancer for the
past several years.
Professor Palmer, born in Pittsburgh, Pa., was always fiercely
independent and confident in her abilities. She was a professor of
English and department chair at Chatham College in Pennsylvania and then
was appointed to the post of dean of faculty at the University of Mary
After retirement, she was affiliated with Mary Baldwin College as a
scholar in residence and founded REED-USA at Mary Baldwin College.
For many years, professor Palmer was an influential member of the
executive board of the prestigious international humanities research
project Records of Early English Drama, based at the University of
Toronto. She was co-editor, with her husband, John M. Wasson, of two
major collections in the REED series: the dramatic records of Derbyshire
and Yorkshire West Riding. These collections will be completed in
accordance with professor Palmer's wishes and will be her legacy to the
world of literary and performance studies.
Professor Palmer belonged to the Shakespeare Association of America and
the Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society. She was published widely in
distinguished academic journals: Shakespeare Quarterly, Medieval and
Renaissance Drama in England, Research Opportunities in Renaissance
Drama, and Early Theatre.
Professor Palmer will be missed by her husband, John Wasson, and many
friends, who admired her courage, tenacity and strength. Based on her
wishes, there will not be a funeral or a memorial.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made toward endowment of a prize
for best new essay in early drama studies in her honor: the Barbara D.
Palmer Award. Checks can be made payable to the University of Toronto,
and can be mailed to A.F. Johnston, REED, 150 Charles St. W. No. 118,
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1K9, Canada.
[Posted at Fredricksburg.com, Sept. 18, 2009]
Lysbeth Em Benkert
Northern State University
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