The department is deeply saddened to learn of the sudden death of Sadie Quinn, a major in French, Comparative Literature, and Biochemistry.  At the time of her death, Sadie was teaching English on the TAPIF program in Toulouse, France, where she was much appreciated by her colleagues and students.  A warm and lively person who was able to overcome challenges to accomplish whatever she set her mind to, Sadie will be remembered fondly by all for her intellectual vitality and curiosity.

In addition to her love of learning and passing on what she learned through her teaching, Sadie was a deeply creative person who treasured literature. Books were always at her side, and her own literary expression — both in French and in English — brims with arresting imagery and striking juxtapositions of mood and character, as in one of her recent poems:

le vent dans le dos
sans mots, ses dents mordent la peau
le froid qui murmure

The wind in her back

Speechless, its teeth biting skin

The cold whispers


We express our deepest condolences to her family and in particular to her sister Sandie, a French minor, to whom she was very close. Visit the tribute archive to post a memory of Sadie.