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Kara Nicole Bayless, 1982-2010

Friday, October 29, 2010   (0 Comments)
Posted by: John McDowell
I write with a heavy heart to convey the news that a wonderful student in Indiana University's Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Kara Bayless, passed away Saturday, October 16th after returning from the annual meeting of the American Folklore Society in Nashville, Tennessee.

Kara has been a bright presence in our community these past four years. She made her mark as an outstanding student-teacher, winning the prestigious Henry Glassie Award in recognition of her achievement in this domain. She had almost completed her MA project, and had finished coursework for her dual degree with SLIS. Kara was also finishing her doctoral degree coursework, and was excited about moving ahead with her project on the folklore of Ukrainians in Siberia. She was, as well, a loyal contributor to the activities of Traditional Arts Indiana, and was serving as a Graduate Assistant with TAI. In all of these realms and others, Kara was an outstanding participant, and she will be dearly missed.

We have posted a memorial page on the Department's web site.

Our thoughts are with Kara’s family as we recall with pleasure the many fine moments we spent with her here at Indiana University.

In sadness,

John McDowell

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