In memoriam: Joan Aldous, Kenan Professor of Sociology emerita at Notre Dame

Joan Aldous Joan Aldous

Joan Aldous, William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Sociology emerita at the University of Notre Dame, died Wednesday (Oct. 29) in the Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation Center in South Bend, Indiana. She was 88 many years outdated.

A native of Washington, D.C., Aldous was 12 many years previous when her father died, and her abruptly widowed mom obtained an advanced degree from Columbia University, subsequently educating residence economics, little one care and family members relations at Kansas State University. Her mother’s hard and, in those days, very unconventional choice of a career path so affected Aldous that she ever afterward credited it as inspiration for her very own somewhat groundbreaking job.

Aldous was graduated from Kansas State in 1948 and earned a master’s degree from the University of Texas the following year. She earned a doctoral degree in sociology from the University of Minnesota in 1963, joining its faculty the very same 12 months and remaining there until 1974, when she briefly joined the faculties of Tulane University and the University of Georgia just before coming to Notre Dame in 1976.

Aldous joined the Notre Dame sociology faculty as the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Sociology, thus getting to be University’s first female holder of an endowed professorship at a time when there have been number of females on the faculty. From 1976 until her retirement in 2012, she taught, studied and wrote about family sociology, family members policy, gender, perform and households and intergenerational relationships.

Whilst at Notre Dame, in addition to teaching common and heavily subscribed courses in her discipline, Aldous was author of much more than 50 published articles or blog posts and was writer and editor of numerous books. Insisting that “you cannot speak about families without speaking about gender,” Aldous mentioned, “I was concerned with households from the very beginning, so I immediately grew to become interested and became the very first sociologist here concerned with gender.” She also helped create the University’s Gender Research Program in 1988.

“Joan left behind an extraordinary record of scholarship, and her contributions to Notre Dame and to our division are immeasurable,” stated Rory McVeigh, professor and chair of sociology. “She was a single of the nation’s top scholars, and perhaps the major scholar in the sociology of loved ones. At division lunches held for incoming graduate students, she would inevitably introduce herself by saying, ‘Joan Aldous is my name and family members sociology is my game.’ She was a wonderful colleague and good friend to many of us who were lucky ample to get to know her.”

Palmer Funeral Home in River Park is in charge of arrangements.

Leave a Reply