From Carol Lansing
Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 3:13PM
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Shona worked for many years in the Archivio di stato di Bologna, and the staff and scholars have much affection for her and feel the loss deeply. We were unable to attend the memorial at I Tatti, so we decided to join together in the square outside the archive at the same time, to celebrate Shona's longstanding presence in the archive. She combined intellectual rigor and discipline with great warmth and a rare manner we could only describe as gentle.  We invited Melissa Vise, a young Ph.D. student whom Shona had begun to help, to remember her generosity and continuing influence in the field.

Attending were: Carol Lansing, Sarah Blanshei and her husband Jack, Melissa Hamilton-Vise, Francesca Boris, archivist, Alessandra Servadei, custodial assistant, Silvana Cavicchi, custodial assistant, and Silvia Napoli, custodial assistant. Many other archivisits and assistants, who could not be at the Archives at that hour, have expressed their sorrow at losing a scholar and friend who was so admired.

Carol Lansing, Director of Graduate Studies, History Department, University of California, Santa Barbara

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