Sadly, long-time friend and change-agent, Denise Decker, passed away on November 4, 2020. Denise was a member of the Partners International Board of Directors and a member of our District of Columbia and Virginia Chapters. Denise began her work with Partners of the Americas in the 1980s, when she was a Disaster Assistance Officer for USAID. She then held an International Fellowship with Partners in which she wrote and implemented workshops to teach independent living skills to people with disabilities living in Brasilia, Brazil.
Clyde Ray Burnett died peacefully in his mountain home near Rollinsville, Colorado on May 27, 2020, after a short illness. Clyde was born on December 23, 1923 in Rudd, Iowa and was raised on a farm near Nora Springs, Iowa. He attended Rudd High School and then enrolled in the University of Upper Iowa. He interrupted his academic work in order to join the World War II effort. He entered the meteorology training program at the University of Chicago and the University of Wisconsin, Madison. After completing his training, he became a commissioned officer with the 8th weather squadron of the Army Air Corps and flew 41 missions (1700 hours) across the North Atlantic as the meteorologist and weather reconnaissance officer on board.
Leslie H. Hicks was born August 26, 1927, in Washington, DC, where he spent the majority of his career as Department Chair of Psychology at Howard University. He died on April 7, 2020, in Silver Spring, Maryland, at 92.
Over a long and fruitful academic career, Jay published seven books, including a scholarly edition of the foundational Spanish novel, Don Quixote, that has been reprinted over 35 times and is taught in universities around the world, and authored dozens of articles on Spanish literature from Cervantes’s time through the 20th century.
Since publishing her New York Times bestseller, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America, in 2017, Nancy MacLean PhD’89 has presented more than 170 invited keynotes or talks on the book, including at 65 universities.
Scott Mori, a distinguished botanist at The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) for nearly forty years, died on August 12, 2020.
Rebecca LeMoine (Political Science MA ’10, PhD ’14) and husband Matthew Taylor welcomed their first child, Bernard Alan Taylor, in June of 2020.
Huanbiao Mo PhD ’98 appointed dean of the Georgia State University Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions
Huanbiao Mo, nutrition professor and interim dean of the Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions, has been appointed dean of the college. Previously chair of the Department of Nutrition, he holds a joint appointment as professor in the Department of Chemistry.
Allan James Braff of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, died July 20, 2020.
Burns, Vice President, Editorial, is retiring in September 2020 from ABC-CLIO in Santa Barbara, California, after 15+ years with the company and 25+ years in print and digital publishing.