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Shona Kelly Wray November 9, 1963 - May 6, 2012 Shona died suddenly May 6 in Florence, Italy. She is survived by her husband L. Randall Wray and her two children, Shane and Alina and by her sister Maggi of Berkeley CA. and her parents James and Celia Kelly also of Berkeley CA. She was an Associate Professor of History at the University of Missouri at Kansas City and was in Italy as a Fellow at the Harvard University Villa I Tatti in Florence. She was born in 1963 and grew up in Berkeley CA. She spent many years in Italy studying medieval history, specializing in family relations during the period of the Black Death. In addition to the I Tatti fellowship, she was a recipient of the Rome Prize and spent the 2002/2003 academic year at the American Academy of Rome. She earned her Bachelors Degree from University of California, Davis and her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She was the author of two books and many papers on Italian medieval history. The cause of death was a massive brain aneurysm at her home in Florence.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on June 17, 2012
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