The University of New Orleans has been mourning the death of Marie Elizabeth Windell since Dec. 29.
She had served at the university since 1969, first as the history department's coordinator of graduate studies and later as an adjunct instructor for French history. In 1979, Windell changed her line of work at the university to join the library staff.
Her work was imperative for the library, as she labored with the archives that had been given to the institute from the Supreme Court of Louisiana. She also was in charge of the archival project and grants from the National Endowment of the Humanities.
She was a regular at conferences and also worked with a number of publications, even having her own book chapters and articles published. She retired from the university in 2006, relocating to Plattsburg, Missouri.
Windell began her higher education at Stephens College, where she was part of Phi Beta Kappa. She completed her graduate studies the University of Minnesota, where she also served as the head of reference and research at Hagley Library.
The school states that it will remember her as a helpful and faithful friend to students and faculty alike.