Along with the rest of the university and the field of literary studies, the Yale Department of English mourns the passing of one of its own: Sterling Professor Emeritus, Marie Borroff. In 1965, Marie became the first woman to hold a tenured appointment in this department, and one of the first two in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. She was also the first woman to be appointed as a Sterling Professor, the university’s highest honor. Marie was an inspiring friend and mentor to many of us in Yale English, and we will greatly miss her erudition and her generosity.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 26, at 11:00am in Battell Chapel. A reception will follow at the Graduate Club.
For more on her illustrious life and career, please see the notice in the Yale News.