First, the sad: this weekend, Beloved Former Chair passed away. We're all very sad -- not only was she a pathbreaking feminist historian; she was also a kickass chair who broke up the old boys' network in the department, built the department, fostered community here, and rolled right over anyone who tried to take our department's stuff. She also compulsively fed the squirrels who learned to gather outside our department windows (to my terror when one of them tried to crawl into my office window one day!) and had a thing for Hello Kitty.
But for bad, the Powers That Be also grant good: head over to Medieval Woman's place, and read the glad tidings. A smile for her, TD, and Thing One and Thing Two.