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Donna Alvermann lit a candle
Tuesday, May 31, 2022
For those among us (friends, colleagues, and family) who may have similar stories to share, I can remember two times in particular that Barbara's loyalty and kindness touched me. First, was her loyalty to her pet pig, Piglet. The two of us had arranged to meet at a restaurant in New Orleans following a full day of conferencing at a major literacy organization's annual meeting. While waiting at the bar for our table, we studied the menu. Barbara was stunned to see pork on the menu (she had called ahead to make sure pork wasn't an item). We were both famished, but Barbara headed to the door with me in tow. I suggested that the featured entree was likely not available because it was already 10 pm. She would have none of that and asked if I would join her someplace else in honor of Piglet. We were both dog lovers and I figured Piglet deserved the same respect we had for our pups. The second time occurred when Barbara was staying with me in Athens, GA as part of her sabbatical from ASU. I was training a German Shepherd at the time and felt I couldn't miss the weekly training sessions. I also knew Barbara was deathly afraid of that breed because of an unfortunate biting incident. Out of kindness to both Helga (my dog) and me, Barbara not only went with us to the training barn; she also wrote about Helga and sent a small bouquet of flowers when Helga passed several years later. As professional colleagues, Barbara and I shared common interests in researching popular culture and its implications for literacy education. I will miss her dearly and always cherish times to recall 'Barbara stories' with her other admirers. Rest in peace, Barbara - you are unique.
Colin Lankshear lit a candle
Monday, May 30, 2022
To Barbara's family, many friends, and colleagues, I offer my sincere condolences and share your loss. Barbara was a generous, supportive, and enthusiastic academic colleague and friend to so many people. She championed the non formal literacy practices of young people, and was always ready to support others in their research and teaching in areas where she had expertise to offer. It was always a joy to catch up at conferences and mix serious academic conversation with quirky humor, catch up on the latest with The Fur Kids and share in her distinctive sense of proportion. Michele and I shared a magical afternoon poring over her hard copy zines collection -- the point of shared interest around which we first met. That memory will never fade, not least because of the way it consolidated our shared sense that some of the "most fun things in life" could and should become foci for serious literacy research. Above all, however, for me Barbara was a serious force for good in the world, and we have lost her at a time when we need as much of that as we can possibly get. Rest in peace, Barbara, and thank you so much for being you.
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Friday, May 27, 2022
Dr. Guzzetti was my first professor in the field of Education. When I was working on my doctoral degree in English, I started a concurrent degree in Educational Technology and enrolled in her class. Through engaging lectures and discussions, she introduced me and many students to the research methods in Education. Using the memorable story about her beloved potbellied pig, she hit a home run with students in a lecture on the extensive power of research in our daily existence. Her message has stayed with me to date: research is not confined within the Ivory Tower of Academia; research can solve problems and improve the quality of life for everyday people. In 2010, she and I became colleagues in New College at Arizona State University and her teaching continues, from her student to my students, who may someday pass along their learning to more students. Missing you and thinking of your loved ones, Tiffany
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Thursday, May 26, 2022
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