LOUISE TILLY

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TILLY--Louise Audino.

(December 13, 1930 - March 27, 2018. With sorrow, we announce the death of our beloved sister, mother, grandmother, and great- grandmother Louise Tilly. Louise was a woman of great intelligence, beauty, style, energy and determination who left those around her in awe of her accomplishments, generosity and productivity. She was born in Orange, NJ and grew up mainly in Teaneck, NJ, graduating from the New Jersey College for Women, now Douglass College at Rutgers University. Louise received an M.A. at Boston University and a Ph.D. at the University of Toronto in History, all while raising four children. She traveled widely and lived in university towns and cities across the U.S., plus Toronto and Paris. Louise held positions at the University of Michigan-Flint, Michigan State University, the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research. A pioneer in social history and women's studies, she was the author and editor of nine books, notably Women, Work and Family with Joan Scott, and dozens of articles. She also worked tirelessly to internationalize the study of women's history, collaborating with France's Michelle Perrot and others. Louise held many offices at universities, journals, and professional organizations. Among these, she was Director of Women's Studies at Michigan in the 1970s, Director of the Committee on Historical Studies at the New School, and President of the American Historical Association. Louise and her then- husband, Charles Tilly, were among the co-founders of the Social Science History Association, and Louise was one of the SSHA's first Presidents. Besides both being actively involved in that organization for many years, Louise and Charles also collaborated frequently on other projects (including the books The Rebellious Century and As Sociology Meets History). She was a well-loved colleague and a friend and treasured adviser and mentor to her many graduate students. Without her, many of those around her might have waited much longer to learn about Marimekko, bagna cauda, and Madama Butterfly. She was pre- deceased by her former husband, Charles Tilly, and survived by her sister: Laura Audino; her children: Chris, Kit, Laura, and Sarah Tilly and their spouses; her grandchildren: Amanda Kennedy, Charlotte, Chris, and Abby Cottier, Ben, Jon, and Becky Gomprecht; and her great- grandchildren: Jamie and Julian Kennedy. She will be missed terribly by all. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the ACLU (https://www.aclu.org/ donate-aclu) or the Women's Studies Department at the University of Michigan (https://leadersandbest umich.edu/find/#!/give/ basket/fund/318754).

Published in The New York Times on Apr. 8, 2018
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