Jean Elizabeth Kennard, UNH professor emerita of English, died March 26, 2016 at the Laconia Rehabilitation Center in Laconia of pneumonia. She was 79. Her life partner of 39 years, Susan Schibanoff, was at her side.
During her tenure at UNH, Kennard authored four books and numerous articles on Victorian literature and modern British fiction, with specialty areas in women’s literature, the literature of World War 1, and GLBT studies. She also taught undergraduate and graduate courses on these subjects, including the first course on women’s literature at UNH. She was the first female chair of the English Department (1978-1981) and its first female tenured full professor. She received the 1986-1987 University Distinguished Teaching Award; the 1992-1993 Kidder Fund Tolerance Award for Faculty; and the 1999-2000 University Distinguished Professor Award. More.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, May 22, at 1 p.m., in the ballroom at the Holiday Inn, located at 172 North Main St. in Concord, N.H. A reception will follow.
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