Friday, August 08, 2008

A Sister Radical Crosses Over

Back in the early 1980's a bunch of young feminists, for different reasons, decided to attend graduate school in history at New York University. One of them was me; another was Adina Back, a public historian who later worked at Brooklyn College, among other places, and who also became the mother of two sons. Adina died Wednesday, August 6, after a long battle with ovarian cancer. We will all miss her: she had a wonderful smile, was smart, and was a sweet and generous human being. She was 50. Click here to view a brief online obituary in the New York Times.

You can read a short article that Adina, who worked on the history of schools in New York, wrote about media coverage of Brown v. Board of Education for the Radical History Review (v. 90, 2004), where she was a member of the editorial collective, here.


Anonymous said...

TR--I am so, so sorry to hear this. Adina contacted me about putting together a proposal for the Berks, and we spoke on the phone and e-mailed several times from winter 2006 through last spring. (She did the proposal, and it was accepted and included in the program.) I was impressed by the energy and commitment she had to presenting roundtable about a film she had collaborated on. I had no idea she was ill. Ovarian cancer is merciless.

She never shared any personal details with me, but I got the impression that her children were still young enough that they lived at home with her. My heart goes out to Linda and the boys.

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