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JUDITH KNELMAN, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, Faculty of Information and Media Studies, Western University, died at her home in Toronto on Oct. 9 at the age of 81. She had been ill with pancreatic cancer. Born and raised in Winnipeg, she moved to Toronto with her then-husband, Joe Gelmon, in 1960 and established a dual career as a writer and teacher. In Twisting in the Wind, a history of murder by women in nineteenth-century England, she documented attitudes to female deviancy as seen in Victorian newspapers. Her son Tom Gelmon predeceased her in 2015. She is survived by her son John Gelmon (Martine Stonehouse); her brother, Martin Knelman (Bernadette Sulgit); her nephew, Joshua Knelman (Nicole Greenspan) and her niece, Sara Knelman (Mark Weeden) and grand-nephew Leonard Weeden. There will be no funeral. Cremation has taken place.

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Published in The Globe and Mail from Oct. 13 to Oct. 17, 2020.
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October 17, 2020
Judith was an outstanding , remarkable person. She made a positive impact on so many of our lives and in so many ways.
Reuben and Anne Rosenblatt
Reuben and Anne Rosenblatt
October 17, 2020
While a journalism student at Western, I was delighted when Judith appointed me her research assistant for Twisting in the Wind. It was my first book project. Over the subsequent years, Judith became both a mentor and a friend. Her passing is a loss. My deepest condolences to John and Martin.
Judy Noordermeer
October 15, 2020
An incredibly talented and wise woman. She taught me at Western and then I spoke to her classes after graduating. Condolences to Judith’s whole family.
Kathy Rumleski
October 13, 2020
A very fine woman of intelligence and dignity. May she rest in peace.
Linda Segal
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