Her old friend Lee Brown followed her on January 13. They will both be missed.
Phyllis Kenevan has been one of my fondest memories of undergraduate studies at CU in the late 60s. In retrospect I'm in awe of the intellectual strength and courage she marshalled to offer innovative courses like "philosophy in literature" and "esoteric theories of consciousness". To me at the time they seemed like real philosophy, and in the case of the theories of consciousness seminar, the breadth and depth of the subject matter just made sense. She was a perfect teacher for the necessarily free-structure of such studies. She challenged us to think independently in a way that I didn't experience otherwise until graduate school. But most memorable of all was her very engaging sense of humor and humanity. She was like a big sister as well as an intellectual mentor. My heart goes out to her family who must miss her deeply. I am very grateful to have known her and to have been able to be her student.
I tried to call you this Sunday. The line was disconnected. Now I am crying warm, beautiful, sad tears. You will always be with me and, I know, encouraging me. Cathy Crosby
Dr. Kenevan was a great inspiration at CU-Boulder and has led me to study philosophy to this day, almost 40 years later.
What a remarkable life she had. I'm glad that I knew her. I met Phyllis through our mutual interest in Yiddish language. I offer my sincere condolences to her family/friends.
As the owner of the Taverna Terzakes Restaurant in Boulder, how well I remember Phyllis! She lit up the place when the Bouzouki band was playing. A truly extraordinary personality who will always be remembered. Keep dancing, Phyllis, in your new home!
I taught, or tried to teach, Phyllis' son, Peter, during two years at Bear Creek Elementary in Boulder. She stood out as a "memorable" parent. Her love for her children and her love for learning showed through in all our interactions. She was a delight to collaborate with.
Phyllis, was my professor in the 1960's. The moment we met, I knew she was an old friend and our bond was instantaneous. For many years, she and I were participants, in an Idries Shah study groups in Boulder. She was the instrument for my finding this Sufi school. Over the years, when I would return to Boulder, we'd meet and catch up. I had been thinking about her as I recently returned to Boulder. She has been in my thoughts for awhile now. Phyllis will always remain a memorable influence and force in my life. I will miss her greatly. May her memory forever be a blessing.
Philly, we all are going to miss you. Mary and I will never forget your kindness and generosity. You have left a great legacy that will continue on through all of us.
Until we meet again...
Scott & Mary Neiman