Emory Report
February 11, 2008
Volume 60, Number 19

Eleanor C. Main, director of the Emory Educational Studies division, joined
the Emory faculty in 1969. She was a leading and highly respected University
citizen, serving as chair of the Department of Political Science, acting
dean of Emory College, interim dean of the Graduate School of Arts and
Sciences and associate vice president for graduate studies. In 2003 she
received the University's highest accolade, the prestigious Thomas Jefferson

A memorial service for Eleanor Main will be held Friday, Feb. 15 at 3 p.m. in Cannon Chapel.

A tribute to Professor Main will be published in the Feb. 18 issue of Emory Report.  

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February 11, 2008

To Members of the Emory Community:

It is with great sadness that I share with you the news that one of Emory's
most respected teachers and leaders, Eleanor C. Main, has passed away after
a short illness.

There is no way to fully prepare for the death of a friend, colleague,
mentor or teacher. In every instance it just seems too soon. I join the rest
of the community in mourning the death of our dear Eleanor.

Like all of us who were so profoundly touched by Eleanor Main there is a
vacant place in my heart that only time will heal and memories will fill.

As we slowly move to that point in time I am reminded that Eleanor
exemplified the very best that this institution has to offer: an unflinching
love and commitment to the place, its people and values; a belief that the
future, with hard work and bold action, would be better than the past; and
a caring, yet, honest, realism.

Over more than three decades Eleanor was a leader, whether as scholar,
teacher, administrator or mentor. The mark of a leader is that they made
the place better.  Because of her Emory is better and because of her we are
better, too.

Eleanor, thank you for your easy laugh, generous heart, profound leadership,
and love of this place called Emory.


Earl Lewis
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs