University of Chicago

From: Nell Andrew
Date: June 26, 2006 11:58:02 PM EDT
Subject: [Artdepart] Angela Volan

Dear friends and colleagues,

With great sadness, we write to inform you of the passing of our beloved friend and fellow scholar, Angela Volan. Angela died peacefully in her sleep on the night of Saturday, June 24th. Although in life she was reserved about the details of her health, Angela suffered from heart problems as a result of Marfan's Syndrome, a condition that affects the connective tissue of the body. The complications from this condition resulted in a number of heart surgeries over the past years, the first of which occurred when Angela was only 24 years old. In May, Angela underwent open-heart surgery for the third time. She was recuperating at home with her family when she passed away.

Angela received her Ph.D. from our department in 2005 with a dissertation directed by Rob Nelson on late and post-Byzantine apocalyptic imagery. She spent the past year as a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Hellenic Studies at Princeton University, and was looking forward to taking up an assistant professorship this fall on the faculty of the Art History Department at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

This terrible news has come as a great shock to all of us. Angela herself preferred that people not define her by this condition. Knowing now what she lived with heightens an appreciation for the amount she accomplished in her short 35 years.

There will be a wake and a funeral held for Angela this week in Merrillville, Indiana. The service itself will be held this Thursday at 11:00 am at the Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Merrillville, IN, which is about a 45-minute drive from the south side of Chicago. There will also be a wake the evening before on Wednesday from 4 to 8 pm at Geisen Funeral Home, also in Merrillville.

Funeral Service: Thursday, 29 June, 2006 at 11:00 am
Sts Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church
8000 Madison St
Merrillville, IN 46410
(219) 769-2481
map: http://maps.google.com/maps?oi=map&q=8000+Madison,+Merrillville,+IN

Wake: Wednesday, 28 June, 2006, 4-8 pm
Geisen Funeral Home Inc
7905 Broadway, Merrillville, IN
(219) 769-3322
map: http://maps.google.com/maps?oi=map&q=7905+Broadway,+Merrillville,+IN

Angela's family has asked that, in lieu of flowers, any donations in her name be to one of the following two charities that she felt strongly about.

National Marfan Foundation
22 Manhasset Avenue
Port Washington, NY 11050
Donations can be made online at http://www.marfan.org . The "donate" link is at the top of the screen, and you can select that the donation be made as a memorial.

St. Luke Orthodox Mission
9825 Indianapolis Blvd.
Highland, IN 46322-2622
This mission supports the work of Fr. Nikitas, the Greek Orthodox Metropolitan for Hong Kong and Southeast Asia. Fr. Nikitas was very kind to Angela and visited her often when she was sick, and Angela appreciated the charity work he was doing in that part of the world.

Messages of condolences can be sent to Angela's parents, George and Helen Volan, and the rest of the Volan family at:

1004 Rescobie Court
Schererville, IN 46375

With saddest regrets,

Cecily Hilsdale, Nell Andrew, Ann Marie Yasin and Galina Tirnanic