Judith Knight
1947 - 2020
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BESSEMER - Judith Glichowski Knight, aged 73, of Bessemer, Alabama, passed into heavenly peace on June 22, 2020. She was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on February 4, 1947, to Allene Darby Glichowski and Raymond John Glichowski. She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Vernon James (Jim) Knight, Jr.; her children, Susan Hammond, Sarah Knight (Noah Clark), and Adam Knight; and grandchildren: Alex Hammond, Rowan Hammond, Metyl Lovell, and Lyra Knight. She is also survived by a very close cousin and traveling companion, Sandra James Aubitz.
She attended St Anthony Grade School and St Joseph's High School. Judith continued her education at St Mary's Dominican College in New Orleans, LA, and went on to the University of Florida where she earned her M.A. (and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa) in 1979 and her PhD in Education in 1984.
Judith started her career at Moundville Archaeological Park in 1969. She spent over 30 years as acquisitions editor for the University of Alabama Press and the University of Florida Press, specializing in Southeastern and Caribbean anthropology, archaeology, and ethnohistory. She was passionate about the study of prehistoric indigenous societies and was a fierce advocate for the advancement of archaeological scholarship. In 2016, Judith received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Southeastern Archaeological Conference in honor of her dedicated service in archaeological publishing.
Judith devoted many years to the Girl Scouts as a troop leader. A generation of former Girl Scouts remember her with appreciation as a guiding force in their lives.
The most important treasures of Judith's life were her family, her Catholic faith, and travel. She doted on her children and grandchildren, and shared her love of travel and exploration with them. She loved the beach, and every summer the family would spend a week on the shore to collect shells and jump in the waves. However, the bravest thing she ever did was the donation of her kidney to her cousin in March of 2012. He was able to live many more months because of her generous gift of life. Judith was very active in service to her faith and served as a minister for 20 years at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Tuscaloosa and, following retirement, two years at St. Aloysius Church in Bessemer. Judith was especially devoted to Mother Mary and visited Guadalupe, Fatima, Lourdes, Loretto, Ephesus, and The Holy Land. She also treasured visits to her cousins in Bochnia, Poland.
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Published in Tuscaloosa News on Jun. 28, 2020.
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July 1, 2020
Judith was my editor at UPF, and her good humor and keen intelligence shone through in our correspondence over two book manuscripts in the last 8 years. She always had a positive word and a witty comment to share. She will be greatly missed. My condolences to her family.
Georgia Fox
June 30, 2020
Judy hired me in my first job in the '90s and I had the pleasure of working with her for eight years. She was supportive, generous, and a delightful conversationalist on many subjects. I value those memories. God bless you in grieving her loss.
Kristi Wheeler-Griffin
Coworker
June 30, 2020
My most heartfelt condolences to Vernon (Jim) and family. I knew Judy through her work as editor for the Caribbean Alabama Press. As result of editing my first book we developed a friendship that was refreshed at every SAA meeting. I will miss her kindness, big smile, great conversations and her sound advice for authors like me. I share this photo featuring Judith in Atlanta (2009), who joyfully took me (at centre) and Antonio Curet (right) to the Alabama Press booth at the SAA conference.
Jose R. Oliver
Friend
June 29, 2020
My prayers go out to the family of Judith Knight. She was my first boss. I learned much from her professionally and personally. We did not always see eye-to-eye, but we still had a good relationship. If it were not for Judy, I would have never received my bachelor's degree from Stillman College. She allowed me to work and go to school until I completed my degree. For that act of kindness and many others, I completed my degree and moved on to marketing director at several university presses. Thanks for all you did for me. Rest in peace!!!
Shana R. Rivers
Coworker
June 29, 2020
A most wonderful human being!
Bennie Keel
Friend
June 29, 2020
My sympathy to Jim and the whole family. Like many who knew her as a southeastern archaeologist, I will miss Judys kindness and her competence.
David Brose
Friend
June 29, 2020
I was deeply saddened to learn of Judys passing. She was a remarkable woman with an extraordinary gift for getting things done. Many Southeastern archaeologists will forever be in her debt for successfully shepherding their research manuscripts and dissertations to published books.
Steve Davis
Friend
June 29, 2020
She was a sweet caring lady. Always had time for a friend. Her family was number one. Even as little as she was she was the strongest person. She could do so much. I am so proud to have known Nomi. She taught Metyl so much. We will miss her so much. Love and prayers
Deborah Sewell
Family
June 29, 2020
I always enjoyed spending time with Judy at the SAA and IACA meetings. She was a warm and caring person with a wonderful sense of humor. I will miss her. Jim, please accept my profound condolences. Losing one's life partner is an horrific experience--I know this personally. Judy left many legacies. The archaeological community is grateful to all she has done. But her greatest gift is your children, who, inspite of their loss, will give you comfort and support. We say in Hebres, "May her memory be a blessing." Mary Jane
Mary Jane Berman
Friend
June 29, 2020
Jim and family, I'm so sorry for your loss! She was a lovely person and will be missed by many. You're in my thoughts and prayers!
Darwin Ramsey
Friend
June 29, 2020
Prayers for the family.
Kenneth Styer
Friend
June 29, 2020
Judy was one of the finest people I have ever known. She always had a smile and a hug for everyone. Her contributions to southeastern archaeology are legend. She will not be forgotten.
Marvin T. Smith
Friend
June 29, 2020
A wonderful colleague at UAP and part of my own movement to Catholicism.
Zig zeigler
Friend
June 29, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of her death. She was a fine person and a good friend.
Patrick H. Garrow
Friend
June 28, 2020
So sorry and sad to hear about Judith passing she was such a kind soul and when we were small and would come to visit she always took time out of her busy schedule to take us to fun places. I loved her for this and for so much more. It was so great to reconnect with her later in life I loved her sense of humor her love of family. She will be truly missed. I love you Judith you were one of the best.
Cousin,
Steff and Dave
Stephanie Rembes
Family
June 28, 2020
Its very hard to put into words my most abundant love and gratitude of the gift of life of a kidney Judith gave my father ! Our thoughts and prayers are with Jim and the kids in this hardest of times. Katlyn still speaks fondly of the time spent with Judith during her time here after the transplant.

May you find strength and love in her memory.
Brian, Ann and Katlyn Aubitz
Family
June 27, 2020
Judith was instrumental in helping my faith grow and become more authentic in my spiritual life She immediately welcomed me into her life and guided me, and even helped me believe it was possible for me to become a lectorer at St. Aloysius. She prayed for all the celebrations in my life and especially when my sister, whom she never met, was having surgery. The greatest gift is praying for my sister in Jerusalem. It wasn't uncommon for Judith to be the loudest and determined to go to scripture for all the world's problems we discussed. But she was so quiet and meek, and charitable in everything she did. I'm going to miss Judith, and she would laugh when I admit finally that I killed the Lillie that she so graciously taught me to plant.
Cathy Wittman
June 27, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Gloria McDaniel
Friend
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