Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

OBITUARIES: Ellin M. Kelly (1924-2016)

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

OBITUARIES: Ellin M. Kelly (1924-2016)

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Ellin Margaret Kelly, a Daughter of Charity (1950-1961), Seton scholar, author, and professor emerita in the English Department of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences of DePaul University, Chicago, (1969-1992), most generously endowed a British Literature Award for DePaul students. Dr. Kelly went to her eternal reward, on February 20, 2016.

Originally from Grand Forks, North Dakota, Kelly earned her B.A. from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College (1945); an M. A. in Speech and Drama from The Catholic University of America (1948); an M.A. in English from University of Wisconsin at Madison (1964), and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin (1970). Her dissertation examined the fifteenth-century Ludus Conventriae plays. Dr. Kelly and Professor Stanley Bamberger co-authored "The Great Calvaries of Brittany and the Medieval Breton "Burzud Braz Jezuz," Comparative Drama 25, no. 1 (1991), 52-65.

In recognition of Kelly's long-term collaboration in the education of students from families lacking financial resources, and for her commitment to Vincentian spirituality and ministries, the Daughters of Charity inscribed Kelly as an Affiliate of the Company of the Daughters of Charity (1979).

Kelly had a life-long passion for learning, teaching, and writing. Her life illustrated her remarkable strength of spirit, generosity towards others, and deep religious faith permeated with Vincentian heritage, particularly through devotion to and promotion of Elizabeth Bayley Seton and her legacy. In appreciation for her scholarship on Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Kelly received the Seton Founder's Award (1989), and the Seton Legacy Award (2009).

In retirement, Kelly volunteered for ten years in the DePaul University Archives and Special Collections department, bringing the precision of a scholar to processing, accessioning, and transcribing materials for the DeAndreis-Rosati Memorial Archives of the Western Province of the Congregation of the Mission. …

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