Murfreesboro, TN – Dr. Florence Howse Ridley, nicknamed “Fonnie” or “Flossie”, passed absent in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, on January 16, 2021. And sure, the earth grew a minor dimmer, but only quickly as per her hopes.
Florence was born below a wandering star, November 13, 1922, in Murfreesboro, and began her “wonderful experience” as she would say. She graduated from Randolph-Macon Women’s College (B.A. Latin, Course of ’44 wherever her classmates dubbed her, “Fonnie”, for her “satan-might-care spirit”) then Vanderbilt University (M.A. 19th Century American Literature, Course of ’52), and last but not least getting her PhD in Medieval English Literature from Harvard Faculty (Course of ’57). Upon graduation from Harvard, she drove cross-country in an outdated Chevrolet with no air-conditioning to start out instructing in the University of California, Los Angeles’ English Office. She was the last of the English faculty to be hired as an instructor. She loved getting a section of the early times of UCLA when the Chancellor lived on campus and his faculty dinners generally included “a lowly instructor from the English Department”.
A globe-renowned specialist on Chaucer, Florence traveled thoroughly all through The united states, Canada, England, Scotland, Germany, Switzerland, Poland and Israel lecturing on “The Canterbury Tales”, as very well as, Medieval Scots Poetry and Joseph Conrad. She after trekked by means of the Negev Desert with five colleagues to start out an trade system in between UCLA and Israel’s Ben-Gurion University. “Why would not you would go?!” she would chuckle.
For the duration of her 30 four 12 months occupation at UCLA, Florence published 20 two performs in fifty eight publications in two languages and 1,627 library holdings. On top of that, she was the first woman to chair the Tutorial Senate and Graduate Council and the initial woman to be appointed Associate Dean of Graduate Studies. She was also a founder of UCLA’s Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Scientific studies and a co-founder of its journal, Comitatus. She served as a board member for numerous countrywide and international associations. She chose Fulbright scholars to depict the U.S. abroad and assisted pick out recipients of the Nationwide Endowment of Humanities grants. On the other hand, her most satisfying encounter at UCLA was her affiliation with diverse, difficult-functioning pupils to whom she referred to as “the cream of the crop”. These pupils honored her with two Distinguished Educating Awards from the undergraduates and another one from the graduate students.
A self-created philanthropist with a real enjoy of persons and cultures, Florence built generous donations to the libraries of Randolph-Macon Women’s Higher education and the University of Southern California as perfectly as setting up scholarships at MTSU, UCLA and Vanderbilt University. She also endowed a Chair in the Vanderbilt Regulation University in memory of her father, Granville S. Ridley, Jr. and mother, Elisabeth Howse Ridley. She was an avid supporter of the Arts and quite a few community corporations and church buildings. “Do we all not bleed, and want for superior prospect?” as she would say.
Florence was predeceased by her parents, Granville S. Ridley, Jr. and Elisabeth Howse Ridley, and sisters, Mildred Thomas Ridley Stewart and Susan Boardman Ridley and niece Sumner Ridley Environmentally friendly Winkjer. She is survived by nieces, Elisabeth Stewart Delargy, Mildred Florence Stewart Wells and Elisabeth Eco-friendly Mondala and nephews, Cameron Ridley Stewart, Jr., George Howse Stewart and John Mack Environmentally friendly. and excellent-niece, Emma Eco-friendly Foster and among other cousins, Marilyn White and George White, whose loving care considerably eased her remaining yrs. Her quite a few cousins, friends, good friends and previous students will dearly overlook her council, wit and specifically her smile that reassured, “Anything will be just great”.
A private graveside service will be held Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. Rev. Dr. John Hinkle, Jr. will preside. Memorials may perhaps be made to the 1st Presbyterian Church Legacy Fund.
Sic transit gloria mundi.
An on the web guestbook for the Ridley relatives is obtainable at www.woodfinchapel.com.
Woodfin Memorial Chapel. (615) 893-5151.
Printed by The Each day Information Journal from Jan. 22 to Jan. 24, 2021.