Diario de Suzanne Bianchi
UCLA Memorial- March 4th at 4pm and Thank You
Escrito el Feb 11, 2014 1:57am por Jennifer Browning
We would like to thank you for all of your support and to let you know about a memorial service at UCLA for our mother and wife (information below).
We were extremely touched by the donations to Ladies’ Turn in honor of our mom. Together, you donated over $7,500 to Ladies’ Turn. We know you gave so generously because you loved, respected, and will miss our mom. We miss her everyday. But we would not have made it through this time without the outpouring of support we have received and continue to receive, in which the donations to Ladies’ Turn are just a symbol. So thank you for the donations and most of all, thank you for the caring and love that they represent and that we have felt all along these past 8 months.
For the UCLA Memorial Service on March 4, 2014 from 4-5:30pm, see information at the end of this entry. If you think you can come, please RSVP to email@example.com by Friday, Feb. 21, so that UCLA can plan appropriately. In honor of our mom, there will also be a lecture the following day on Wednesday, March 5, at 3 p.m. in 279 Haines Hall that our mom had started to plan: “The Costs of Inequality” to be presented by Annette Lareau.
We also wanted to share her American Sociological Association (ASA) obituary and some very touching tributes from her former students and colleagues.
We know everyone is thinking about us. We are doing ok. Josh is in Santa Monica; James is in Washington, DC; and our Dad is traveling between the two. Although recently for some reason, Dad seems to have been spending more time in Santa Monica. I moved to Addis Ababa in mid-January, but as far as I have been told, the weather is still fabulous in southern California. The weather on the East Coast has apparently been less than fabulous. As for me in Ethiopia, I think my mom has been watching out for me, ensuring that my transition has been smoother than I could have ever imagined, and most importantly, that I have quickly made a few good friends. Including my Japanese colleague, who when learning why I was a bit sad typing this today told me her father had passed away suddenly from pancreatic cancer too. Then she handed me one of her special Japanese handkerchiefs to dry my tears.
So thank you again for everything you have done for us. We do feel loved and supported and best of all, closer to you all.
Jen, James, Josh, and Mark
Celebration of Suzanne Bianchi’s Life, March 4 at 4pm
Dear Colleagues and Friends of Suzanne Bianchi,
We invite you to celebrate the life of Suzanne Bianchi on Tuesday, March 4, 4-5:30 p.m., with a reception to follow. We will gather at the California Center for Population Research (CCPR), 4240 Public Affairs Building on the UCLA campus. Hosts are the Department of Sociology, the Dean of Social Sciences, and CCPR. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, Feb. 21, so that we can plan appropriately.
Suzanne Bianchi was UCLA’s first Dorothy Meier Chair in Social Equities. Suzanne had begun planning the first Dorothy Meier Lecture in spring 2013. We invite you to join us for “The Costs of Inequality” to be presented by Annette Lareau, Stanley I. Sheerr Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. The lecture will be the day after the service on Wednesday, March 5, at 3 p.m. in 279 Haines Hall.
Directions to UCLA and an interactive campus map are at this link: http://www.ucla.edu/maps-directions-parking/
We hope you can join us to honor Suzanne’s memory and celebrate her life.
Director, California Center for Population Research and
Professor, Dept. of Sociology, UCLA
DC Memorial- December 7th at 2pm
Escrito el Nov 22, 2013 8:28pm por Jennifer Browning
The memorial for our mother will be held at the Chevy Chase Village Hall at 2pm on Saturday, December 7, 2013 followed by a reception. Directions are below.
Anyone who cared about our mother and our family is most welcome. If you think you may come and you have not already, please email Robin Barnes (email@example.com).
For people asking about tributes, our family is asking that donations to be made to the non-profit Ladies’ Turn http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/womens-soccer-in-senegal/ in honor of Suzanne. There is an option to donate a “gift in honor of.” More information on the choice of Ladies’ Turn can be found in the November 12, 2013 entry of the journal (two entries ago).
The Chevy Chase Town Hall is located at
5906 Connecticut Avenue
Chevy Chase Village, MD
(Located at the intersection with W. Kirke Street two blocks from the Chevy Chase Circle on the border between DC and Maryland)
Parking is available on surrounding neighborhood streets and along Connecticut Avenue. Just be sure to pay attention to any street signs.
Public Transportation: The DC Metro Trip Planner can be useful in planning your trip: http://www.wmata.com/rider_tools/tripplanner/
From Friendship Heights Metro: The Hall is about a 20 minute walk from the Friendship Heights Metro station (red line). After you exit the metro, take Western Avenue to Connecticut Ave (at the Chevy Chase Circle ) Alternatively, there are Metro Ride On Buses and the L8 Bus that run between the metro and Connecticut Ave.
From Connecticut Ave, DC by Bus: The L1 and L2 buses run up Connecticut Avenue toward Maryland, stopping right before Chevy Chase Circle on the DC side.
Hotels: There are two hotels very close to the Friendship Heights Metro.
Courtyard Marriott at Chevy ChaseEmbassy Suites at the Chevy Chase Pavilion
More publications of my mother’s obituary:
The Washington Post
The Globe and Mail (Canada)
The Boston Globe
UCLA Daily Bruin
Escrito el Nov 18, 2013 12:43pm por Jennifer Browning
The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times published obituaries for my mother today. The links are below. We are very grateful to Meg, Judy, and Stefan at UCLA for all of their work to make this happen. Her obituary was also published in the The Fort Dodge Messenger on Friday.
We were very grateful to be with our family this weekend in Fort Dodge for a small ceremony and burial. We would like to thank all of the friends from Fort Dodge who came to support our Bianchi family and celebrate our mom's life.
The DC memorial for our mother will be held on December 7, 2013. We will post the location and time as soon as that is finalized. If you think you may attend the memorial in DC, please let our family friend Robin Barnes (firstname.lastname@example.org) know.
Right next to Doris Lessing’s in the print edition- not too shabby mom! Two feminists, two VERY different lives.
One of her former teachers at St. Edmond’s High School brought it into his class to share with his students.
Her former student, Phil Cohen, also wrote a very thoughtful tribute to my mother. My grandma liked it: