Date of this Version
Documentary Editing, Volume 26, Number 4, Winter 2004. ISSN 0196-7134
Susan Rosowski, Adele Hall Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, died on November 2, 2004, after a long and valiant battle with cancer. Professor Rosowski was general editor of the Willa Cather Scholarly Edition, director of the Cather Project and the Cather International Seminar, and editor-in-chief of Cather Studies. She was the major force in creating and sustaining all of them. Over some twenty years, she was instrumental in securing Cather's place as a major twentieth century author. She won the University's highest awards for both teaching and scholarship, a rare achievement, and her professional life modeled excellence in both areas. Despite her many responsibilities, she was never too busy to meet with students and colleagues, and was as active in the profession as she was in her department and university. Her personal warmth and her enthusiasm for teaching and learning influenced students over two decades; she believed strongly in the community of scholars, and worked hard to create and broaden that community. She was the founding director of the Plains Humanities Alliance, one of nine regional humanities centers established by the NEH. Her vision of the future of scholarship and publishing led to the establishment of the Cather Electronic Archive.