Josephine Diane Arnold
Josephine Diane Arnold was born in Passaic, NJ to Biagio and Rosalia Valenza in November 1934. She graduated from Passaic High School, where her features column won national awards for the school newspaper. After graduation from Montclair State College, she completed the Ph.D. requirements in French language and literature at the University of Wisconsin (Madison). Fellow students long remembered her principal roles in French- and Italian-language plays. JoJo, as she was known to friends and family, taught the literature of France and Quebec at the universities of Manitoba and Virginia, as well as Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, VA, where she made her home from 1989 until her death on 17 July 2021. Her monograph on Henry de Montherlant was published by Scribner's. The foremost French journal of comparative literature published her work on Emily Brontë and George Sand. After early retirement from teaching, she collaborated on A History of Literature in the Caribbean and a special issue of Critique on comparative Caribbean literature. She was a life member of the Brontë Society and an expert on Napoleonic history. In addition to her numerous intellectual accomplishments, friends and family knew her as a pillar of strength, with excellent organizational skills and a sharp wit. Josephine is survived by her husband, Prof. A. James Arnold, of Staunton, VA; her daughter, Elizabeth Arnold Sweetland, J.D., L.L.M., of Arlington, VA; and her grandson, Rodney Sweetland, IV of Arlington.
Published by The News Leader from Jul. 23 to Jul. 26, 2021.