The university community will have the opportunity to pay their respects and celebrate the life of retired Regents Professor of English and creative writing Judith Ortiz Cofer, who passed away on Dec. 30. The memorial service will be held Jan. 27 at 3 p.m. in the Chapel followed by a reception in Demosthenian Hall.
"Judith Cofer was a highly intelligent and gifted human being who brought her love of family and her experience as a native born-Puerto Rican and long-time citizen of Georgia to bear in her poems, essays, and fiction," said Hugh Ruppersburg, professor emeritus of English. "She was passionate about literature and writing and was especially dedicated to her students. The English Department and the University of Georgia were fortunate to have her. She was disciplined and driven in her approach to writing and teaching. She held herself to high standards and for many years would rise early in the mornings to write before other members of her family were up. I always found her work ethic sobering. The poetry readings that she organized at the end of each semester for her writing students were an indication not only of her dedication to them but also of their respect for her. Most of all, she was a wonderful person whom I feel privileged to have counted as a friend."
An important American writer, a great teacher and a member of the UGA community who will be deeply missed.