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February 19, 2019
My double name drove Janet nuts: "Pat, Mary, Mary Pat--who the h---- are you?" she joked more than once when she was calling roll. And we both enjoyed the humor of talking with each other while standing, especially if I was wearing heels: she came to my elbow. But those moments aside, I was privileged to be in one of Janet's seminars which was so cutting edge that some of the readings had not yet been published. That course's bibliography could still stand as representative of the specialization.
February 19, 2019
Janet was one of the best professors I worked with at KU. She was absolutely astute, clear, wise, and insightful. May she rest and read in peace.
February 19, 2019
I have thought of Dr. Sharastanian many times over the years. I took only one lowly course from her, English II, I believe. I'm sure it wasn't the best class she ever had! She became so frustrated with our writing skills she did something none of my other professors did. She deigned to reach down to us and teach us how to write!!! She spent a great deal of time showing us examples of our writing and how it could be improved. No other teacher at that time, ever did that for me, including high school English teachers and professors! Later some of her methods were often used, but then it was unusual. You were just supposed to somehow know how to write from reading and from diagramming sentences! Later I became a teacher myself and found myself struggling to teach middle schoolers how to write. I thought many times of her and how I didn't want to pass on poor writers to college professors! Thank you Dr. Sharastanian for your service to the University and to the students you taught!

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