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Scholar and Radnor Grad Menocal Dies

Maria Rosa Menocal, 59, studied the interactions of Jews, Christians, and Muslims in medieval Spain.

Former Wayne resident and Radnor High School graduate Maria Rosa Menocal, 59, died Monday, Oct. 15.

According to her obituary, she studied the interactions of Jews, Christians, and Muslims in medieval Spain, and was most recently a professor at Yale University.

“María Rosa Menocal was among the most brilliant, creative and original of Yale’s extraordinary scholars in the humanities,” the Yale Daily News quoted University President Richard Levin. “Her passions inspired and energized her students and colleagues and shaped a vibrant community at the Whitney Humanities Center.”

According to the Yale Daily News, Menocal was born in Havana, Cuba, and after Radnor she attended the University of Pennsylvania, earning a B.A. in Romance languages, an M.A. in French and a Ph.D in Romance philology. After teaching at Penn and at Bryn Mawr College, she joined the Yale faculty in 1986.

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