In Memory

Ann S. Kussmaul - Class Of 1963

Ann Kussmaul was born in 1945 and was educated at Mount Holyoke College, Duke University and the University of Toronto, obtaining doctorates in both Economics and Economic History.  Most of her academic career was spent at York University, Toronto where she moved steadily from the position of Lecturer to full Professor.

She came to Fitzwilliam as a Visiting Fellow in 1983-84, 1984-85 and the Long Vacation 1986, and was a welcome visitor on many subsequent occasions.  Her ground-breaking article, Servants in husbandry in early modern England in the Journal of Economic History (1979), led to her important book of the same title, published by CUP in 1981.

Even at that stage she was concerned by impending illness, but she went on to publish the equally important A general view of the rural economy of England, 1538-1840, also with CUP in 1993, and established herself as one of the leading authorities on the early modern family in agrarian England, through her innovative use of statistics and new insights into rural social structure.

She was appointed Reader in Economic History at Oxford in 1992, but the remission in her multiple sclerosis was short-lived and she had to retire early because of ill health in 1996. For a while she continued to visit St Hilda's College, where she was a Fellow, in her wheelchair for lunch, and she welcomed visitors to her home. In 1998 she moved to a Leonard Cheshire Home in Banbury, where she died on August 16, 2008.

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04/28/11 11:49 AM #1    

Raymond Foery (1963)

How terribly sad.

Ann was simply one of the brightest people I ever met.

A true intellectual with a wonderful soul.




Raymond Foery, '63

10/31/16 04:46 PM #2    

Kem Hunter (1963)

I am so sorry to learn of Ann's passing.  I remember how brilliant she was, and that she was a humanitarian with a social conscience.  While everyone else listened to rock and roll, she was a follower of Joan Baez and Bob Dylan years before the wild and heady times of the mid sixties and beyond.  She was way ahead of her time in so many ways.  Thank you, Ann, for showing me a different perspective.

Kem Hunter Class of 1963

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