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Message of condolence from
Dr. Robert S. Nelson

Dr. Nelson was Angela's thesis advisor at the University of Chicago.
He is now on the faculty of Yale University.

I have so many fond memories of Angela that it's hard to single out a few. But let me describe the beginning. One day she knocked on my office door. Upon opening it, I was confronted by a woman as tall as I am. Since I don't hang out with the WBA, I have seldom had this experience. I had no problem ever again in figuring out who she was in a class or a crowd. She said that she wanted to talk to me.

"Fine. What about?"

"I am becoming increasingly interested in Byzantine art."

Knowing that she had been a very well regarded student admitted to study modern art, I was surprised, but also secretly pleased, yet a big skeptical. After all, many language skills are required to become a Byzantinist.

"What about your languages?" I asked, as I always do.

Well, there was French and German, and she had taken Modern Greek for two years at the University of Michigan. Now I became really interested, and soon the field of Byzantine studies had a convert.

Angela approached her work with her gentle intensity that served her well over the years. I remember her working hard on her Modern Greek, while in Greece on a fellowship, but also her dismay that she needed Italian as well. Soon I was writing letters to get her a fellowship to Italy, and she got that one like so many others in her career. There was the Onassis and the Fulbright to Greece, a Delmas to Venice, a Whiting write-up fellowship, and a prestigious post-doc at Princeton.

The thesis was a significant piece of work and utterly original. She was well positioned to become the leading expert on late- and post-Byzantine [art] outside Greece, and I am confident that she would have made it, given a few more years of her all too short life.

I will miss Angela greatly, the grace with which she carried her height, her quiet manner, that smile on her face when she saw you after an interval, and her commitment to her work. The field has been robbed of a most promising scholar, and we have lost someone that was a very good friend to many. When someone like this passes, there is no replacement. No one can take Angela's place that she was making for herself in Byzantine studies, and no one can fill the void in our lives. But we all have our memories, and these are the treasures that she has left with us.