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History Professor Janet Meisel Dies

Scholar of medieval history taught at the university for 34 years

Posted: May 20, 2009

Meisel earned a bachelor's degree from Oberlin College in 1967 and a doctorate in medieval history from the University of California, Berkeley in 1974. She was a noted scholar of medieval England and France, as well as medieval towns and frontiers.

Meisel joined the university as a teaching instructor in 1975. Throughout the years, she earned many honors for her teaching and research, including the President's Associates Teaching Excellence Award, the College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Classroom Performance Award and the Liberal Arts Council Teacher of the Year Award.

In addition to her prolific career as a professor, Meisel also served as chief historical consultant and script editor for the PBS series "Newscasts from the Past," a six-part series of videotapes designed to make medieval history come to life for high school students. She also served as member of the Medieval Academy of America, the Institute for Historical Research, the International Center for Frontier Studies, the Medieval Institute, the Charles Homer Haskins Society and the American Historical Association.

Meisel is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Carol Meisel, niece Katherine Meisel, and nephew Christopher Meisel. A memorial service was held on Wednesday, May 20.

The university's online archive of memorials has now posted In Memoriam for Janet Anne Meisel (Feb. 3, 2010).

Martha Gail Moore
Administrative Associate
Department of History

Jessica Sinn
Public Affairs Specialist, College of Liberal Arts

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