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Memories of Shona

From Cameron Sutt

I am greatly saddened by Shona's passing. I was a graduate student at UMKC when she first arrived there, and I owe her a great debt. Shona was a terrific encouragement to me both at UMKC and afterwards. She introduced me to social history and supported me in my academic life. I very clearly remember talking to her about applying for a Fulbright Scholarship to do research in Hungary way back in 1999. After giving her my spiel, she looked right at me and said, "Go for it!" From that point on, she gave me advice and helped me in every way possible to obtain that scholarship and to move on. I do not think it is an exaggeration to say that her help allowed me to go on to Cambridge and finish my PhD. In 2008 we met at the AHA, and she encouraged me even more in my job search. Meeting her was always the high point of conferences, and I will miss her greatly.

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