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In memoriam

Salvador Ortiz-Carboneres

Salvador Ortiz-CarboneresSalvador was one of the most optimistic people I have ever met. When he was diagnosed with cancer, he assured me and all his other friends that he was not at all afraid and that he would simply deal with it as best he could. The last time we spoke he was upbeat and talked to me about his writing; the friend who spoke to him two days before he died reported a similar conversation. He approached death as he did life: with openness and curiosity and the belief that something better was just around the corner.

Amanda Hopkins

Amanda HopkinsAmanda was an absolute live wire and her enthusiasm for her subject was absorbed by her students. She was a great facilitator and treated all her classes as workshops where students were expected to work hard and to get stuck into the texts they were studying. As well as being a brilliant teacher, Amanda was also a true intellectual and an artist with many talents. Outside of her academic work, she was a singer-songwriter who wrote and recorded three albums of music and who performed live regularly on the Coventry music scene.

Jim Shields

Jim Shields spent much of his career as a Lecturer, Senior lecturer and Reader in the University of Warwick's Department of French Studies, as well as a resident tutor, before being appointed Professor of French Politics and Modern History, and Head of French, at Aston University in 2010. He renewed his association with the University of Warwick as an Honorary Professor in French Studies in 2018. Jim Shields was a specialist of twentieth-century French politics, frequently asked to comment in the media on French elections and the rise of the Far Right. He is remembered as an energetic colleague, whose lively lecturing style (often waving a copy of a French newspaper to illustrate a point) assured him a devoted following among his students.

John Osborne

John OsborneColleagues and former students will be saddened to hear of the passing of Professor John Osborne, Chair of German at the University of Warwick from 1979 until his retirement in 2002.