In Memory

Janice Gordon (Kelter)

Janice Gordon (Kelter)

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09/21/13 04:03 PM #1    

Ruth Gross

Janice was my best friend throughout high school.  I was hoping to see her page on the profiles and when I noticed her name was not there, I came to this page of "In Memoriam" and it was something of a shock.  The last contact I had with her was about 15 years ago when we both found ourselves in Texas, she in Houston and I in Arlington.  We never really connected after that, and now I realize it's too late.  I am sad but I am also thinking of the important time we spent together growing up and becoming the people we became. She was so bright and clever and so much fun to be with with her sharp sense of humor-- an essential part of my days at ETHS and I will not forget her. 

09/30/13 01:39 PM #2    

Alison Hayford

Janice and I were close friends through high school, having met in English class freshman year.  One summer we took biology together and most days would go back either to her house or to mine where we would eat canned tamales (really!) and marshmallow peanuts (what can I say?) and talk about life. After graduation she and I were in touch on and off over the years.  I sent her an email on the occasion of her 60th birthday in 2006 and had no reply.  I puzzled a bit but for some reason didn't follow up. A couple of years later I decided to try again, and undertook an internet search to see if she had changed jobs, only to find the true reason for her non-reply--she had died suddenly a few weeks earlier. Janice ended her career at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, where she played a major role in setting up a women's studies program, despite some opposition from more conservative elements at the university.  Here is a small note from the University of St Thomas web site: 

About the Jancie Gordon-Kelter Collection

 Established in 2006 through the donation of the personal library of the late Dr. Janice Gordon-Kelter, former Dean of the Master in Liberal Arts Program at UST, this collection is dedicated primarily to Women in Culture and Society, Medieval Studies and British History. This collection is shelved throughout thelibrary. 

Dr. Gordon-Kelter began working at the University of St. Thomas in 1991, eventually becoming the Director and then Dean of the Master in Liberal Arts Program. As an administrator, educator, and advisor, she worked passionately as advocate for her students and the entire student body.

The collection currently contains more than 1,000 books.


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