In Memoriam -- Charlotte Ann (Miller) Jirousek (T-5)
1938 - Feb 12, 2014
Charlotte Ann Jirousek, Associate Professor and Curator at the school of Human Ecology at Cornell University, died
February 12, 2014 of a sudden severe heart attack. She was 75.
Charlotte was born in 1938 and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She obtained her B.A. in Sociology at Hamline
University, and was part of the folk blues revival scene. She served in Peace Corps Turkey, and her lifelong passionate
love of that country inspired much of her research and writing. Having been a social worker, mother, fiber artist, and
eading member of the Minnesota weaving and crafts community, she completed her PhD in Applied Design at the
University of Minnesota at the age of forty-four, and joined the Cornell faculty in 1992.
Her academic focus was the history of dress and textile technologies; the influence of Islamic dress and textiles on
the evolution of European fashion, and the history of Ottoman textiles and trade. Teaching and mentoring were as
important to her as research and writing. She took a strong personal interest in her students and wanted to continue
working with young people once she retired. She loved new experiences and travel. A few days before her death she
was talking about another book idea, and looking forward to three months in Turkey.
Charlotte is survived by her brother Charlie Jirousek, her two daughters, Sara Miller Catterall, and ZoŽ Miller-Lee, and
her grandchildren, Sam, Rowan, and Arlo. Her fire, strong opinions, active curiosity, and sharp humor will be sorely
missed. A memorial service will be held at 3 PM on Saturday February 22nd at the First Unitarian Society of Ithaca,
with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to two local organizations that
she hoped to support in her retirement: the Caroline Food Pantry (http://brooktondalecc.org/food_pantry.html), and
Golden Opportunity (GO) tutoring (http://www.gotutors.org/).
-- obituary courtesy of Mike Miller (T-5)
February 23, 2014