Painter in the early 1990s.
Nell Painter celebrated
her 60th birthday on August 2, 2002. As part of the celebration
of this milestone, her family organized a tribute on this website.
Many of Nell's friends simply extended their greetings; others recalled
personal experiences with Nell; others provided appreciations of
her scholarly work. In addition to pages of greetings
and tributes, the celebration also included an on-line photo
album. The family will continue to post late arrivals. Please
e-mail the text you would like to have posted here to her husband,
Glenn Shafer, at email@example.com.
We will also continue to enlarge the photo
album. If you want to add a photograph to a message you already
sent, please e-mail it to Glenn or write to him for a mailing address;
we will scan the photograph and return it. We would especially like
to have more photographs of Nell and her friends from the 1960s
Nell wrote the following response to the
greetings from her friends:
3 August 2002
Painter with her student Sam Roberts at Dartmouth College, November
Thank you, thank you, my dear friends, for
all your generous and heartfelt greetings on my 60th birthday. I
still feel buoyed by your affection, but even so, I keep rereading
the file to savor my wonderfully generous friends. Your messages
remind me of my good fortune to have had you by my side, some of
you for forty years and more. Without your support in this cruel
world, I would long ago have lost heart and surely fallen silent.
I had a perfect day yesterday: I read my greetings,
which buoyed my spirits tremendously. Then we took our regular nice
long walk. We drove to Quebec for lunch at the restaurant beside
Lake Memphremagog, where (in 1995) we first decided to spend more
time in this part of the world. In the midst of such pleasure, one
thought sobered me: that same gorgeous day marked Claudia Tate's
internment at age 55. May her soul rest in peace.