Thursday, July 29, 2010

Peggy Pascoe, a great scholar, teacher & mentor, RIP.

Peggy Ann Pascoe (obituary from

Peggy Ann Pascoe, 55, of Eugene, Ore., died Friday, July 23, 2010, of ovarian cancer.

She was born on Oct. 18, 1954, in Butte to Jane and Frederick Arthur Pascoe Jr. She graduated from Butte High School in 1972. She earned a bachelor's degree in history from Montana State University in 1977, a master's degree in women's history from Sarah Lawrence College in 1980, and a PhD in history from Stanford University in 1986.

She taught women's history at the University of Utah from 1986 to 1996. She was the Beekman Chair of Pacific and Northwest History at the University of Oregon starting in 1996; in 2005 she also became a Professor of Ethnic Studies at UO.

Peggy is survived by her life-partner of 30 years, Linda Long, and their two daughters, Ellie and Joie Pascoe-Long; by her parents, Jane and Art Pascoe of Butte; and four siblings: Bill Pascoe, of Butte, Julie Pascoe of Morgantown, W. Va., Becky Cianca of Butte, and Jennie Macumber of Denver, Colo.; her mother-in-law, Jessica Holliday of Edmonds, Wash., as well as a close family of nieces and nephews. A brother, Robert Pascoe, died previously.

A memorial service will take place at a later date. Contributions to a memorial scholarship in Peggy's name can be made: University of Oregon Foundation, 360 E. 10th Ave., Suite 202, Eugene, OR 97401-3273 or online at with a note designating gift to the Peggy Pascoe Fund in History.

Express condolences at

Update: Thanks to a reader, a more direct link for condolences.

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Alfred Brophy said...

Oh my God, what terrible news. Thank you for passing this along, Ariela.

Shane Landrum said...

Thank you for posting this sad news. The festschrift panel for her at AHA 2010, which she was able to attend, showed a small slice of how influential her work has been and will continue to be.

The link above to the condolences page at requires searching for the obituaries of July 23; here's a more direct link.

Mary L. Dudziak said...

This is devastating news. LHB readers will be familiar with Peggy Pascoe. Her newest book, What Comes Naturally: Miscegenation Law and the Making of Race in America
, won the Hurst Prize just this year from the Law & Society Association
and the Ellis W. Hawley Prize from the Organization of American Historians. She is also the author of Relations of Rescue: The Search for Female Moral Authority in the American West, 1874-1939 Her faculty bio page is here:

Monica said...

I'm not a regular reader of this blog, but got the link from a colleague. It's terribly sad news. I worked with Peggy when I was the history/ethnic studies editor at the University of California Press. She was one of the scholarly editors of our American Crossroads series. It was an extraordinary working relationship. She was a model reader/mentor for our authors, providing detailed responses to their work that were critical in the best sense--appreciating their strengths, noting important shortcomings and always making concrete, specific suggestions for improvements. We had several authors who submitted work to the series explicitly because Peggy would serve as their reader. In the often-overlooked role of peer reviewer, Peggy made powerful contributions to scholarship.

Peggy was also a lovely, warm person. One of my favorite memories of attending academic meetings was to see her with her family--partner Linda and their two darling, lively daughters racing around the exhibit halls. I send them my very deepest condolences for this huge loss.

Mary L. Dudziak said...

Sara Mayeux remembers Peggy at The Atlantic blog.

Donna Schuele said...

Ariela - thank you for posting this terribly sad news. I had the honor of reviewing Peggy's amazing book, What Comes Naturally, in 39 Women's Studies 395 (June 2010).