[dropcap]W[/dropcap]e are mourning the loss of Nancy Ellegate, a longtime contributor to A&U, who died suddenly on September 27. Completing her undergraduate and master’s degrees at McGill University, she went on to work at Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless and then became a senior acquisitions editor at SUNY Press in Albany, working there for twenty-six years.
As an editor for SUNY Press, she introduced the reading public to significant titles from the fields of religious studies and Asian studies, among others, and, as a writer for A&U, focusing mostly on book and movie reviews for over twelve years, she introduced readers to a broad range of work, from documentaries to novels, with an inimitable, sterling style that drew on her vast knowledge of history, politics, religion, and culture. She was particularly, and unsurprisingly, adept at showing how academic titles added to our current conversations around HIV and AIDS, cutting to the heart of the matter to keep it beating.
Like many, she had been deeply affected by the AIDS pandemic, and sought to provide support and advocacy for her friends who were positive. Her sweetness, humor, and generous spirit will be missed. Nancy is survived by her beloved friend, Jeffrey Decker of Albany, as well as many friends, relatives, and colleagues. She had arranged for memorial contributions to be made to Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless.
Read some of her writing below: