It's with great sadness that we at the Press learned this week of the passing of Olivia Remie Constable, editor of Medieval Iberia: Readings from Christian, Muslim, and Jewish Sources. A gifted scholar, the loss of her voice is a great one to the field of medieval studies, matched only by the loss to those who knew her personally. From her obituary:
"Olivia Remie Constable June 13, 1960 – April 16, 2014 SOUTH BEND – Remie Constable, 53, died peacefully at home on April 16. A native of Boston, Remie was the daughter of the late Evhy (Young) Constable and of Giles Constable. She moved to South Bend in 1995 to take up a position as a professor of medieval history at the University of Notre Dame, where since 2008 she has been the Robert M. Conway Director of the Medieval Institute. Remie was a scholar of international reputation in her field, yet she wore her learning lightly and was always approachable for students and colleagues and for those she got to know socially or through her hobby of horseback riding. She is survived by her husband Matthew Bell and sons Owen and Sam, by her father Giles and stepmother Patricia Woolf of Princeton, NJ, and by her brother John of Fresno, CA. Her family is deeply grateful for support from so many quarters during Remie's illness and also appreciates the many colleagues, students, friends, and family who sent her personal messages from near and far, evidence of the affection she inspired and the sense of loss at her passing. Memorial arrangements are pending. In light of Remie's pronounced fondness for manatees, her family asks that donations in her memory be made to Save the Manatee Club, 500 N. Maitland Ave, Maitland, FL 32751, 800 432-5646, www.savethemanatee.org."