Professor Emeritus of English and former Associate Dean of the College of Humanities Jane Gurko passed away Nov. 30. Gurko joined the English faculty in 1967 and became associate dean in 1980. She was a pioneer in the development of the curriculum for women's studies and taught the University's first courses in feminist and lesbian literature, and gender and sexual identity in literature. She retired in 1997. Gurko was a graduate of Smith College and earned a doctorate in English from the University of California, Berkeley.
Professor of English Gail Weinstein, a champion of adult literacy, passed away Dec. 8. Weinstein's professional life was devoted to training English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) teachers, and she had a passion for building communities of learners around the world. Since joining the English Department in 1992, she devoted herself to community service and literacy. Through her projects like SHINE (Students Helping in the Naturalization of Elders), more than 1,200 SF State and City College students have served more than 11,000 immigrants, speeding their path to English learning, literacy and citizenship. Weinstein raised $1 million to support these projects. Her textbook, Stories to Tell Our Children, initiated a model of collaborative learning and curriculum development known as "Learner's Lives as Curriculum." Recently, she launched the Center for Immigrant and Refugee Community Literacy Education (CIRCLE). Weinstein was honored this fall with the Excellence in Service Award for her creative integration of classroom learning with community service. To make a donation in Weinstein's memory, contact Jennifer Neidermeyer at firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 5-3827.