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Jehanne Teilhet-Fisk

TEILHET-FISK, JEHANNE Jehanne Teilhet-Fisk, a resident of Tallahassee and Los Alamos, died on August 28, 2002. The cause was brain cancer. Jehanne was born in Los Altos Hills, California on May 16, 1939 to the writers, Darwin and Hildegarde Teilhet. She attended UCLA as an undergraduate and graduate student, obtaining her Ph.D. in Art History with a study of Gauguin in Polynesia. She joined the new Visual Arts Department at UCSD in 1969, following two years as museum curator in Jos, Nigeria. A dedicated teacher, she produced two major shows there with her students at UCSD, "Dimensions of Black" and "Dimensions of Polynesia". She did extensive fieldwork in many areas of non-Western art, traveling widely in Africa, Nepal, Suriname, Polynesia and especially Tonga. In 1994, she joined the faculty at Florida State University as Professor of Art History, where with Robin Nigh, she co-curated the show, "Dimensions of Native America: The Contact Zone". Besides her husband, Zachary Fisk, her daughter, Samantha Fisk, of Madison, Connecticut; her step-daughter Rebekah Fisk of New York City; and two sisters survive her, Marta Holen, of Los Angeles; and Sarah Waldorf, of Washington, D.C. Jehanne was a creative, spunky individual who always brought out the best in everyone. She was a loving wife, mother and sister and will be greatly missed. She will always hold a special place in our hearts. Ofa ' atua. Arrangements are under the direction of Berardinelli Family Funeral Service, 1399 Lusia St. 505-984-8600.
Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Sept. 5, 2002
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