Patricia H. Labalme, a scholar of the Renaissance who was also known for her dedication to independent school education, died October 11, 2002. Recognized as an Italian Renaissance scholar with a special focus on Venice, Dr. Labalme was the author of Bernardo Giustiniani: A Venetian of the Quattrocento (1969). She edited and contributed to Beyond Their Sex: Learned Women of the European Past (1980) and A Century Recalled: Essays in Honor of Bryn Mawr College (1987). At the time of her death, Dr. Labalme was close to completing a one-volume English edition of selections from the 58-volume Venetian diaries of Marin Sanudo. Her co-editor, Dr. Laura Sanguineti White of Rutgers University, oversaw the book’s completion and publication in 2008 (Venice, Cità Excelentissima: Selections from the Renaissance Diaries of Marin Sanudo).
Among other service, Dr. Labalme was Associate Director of the Institute for Advanced Study from 1982 to 1988 and Secretary of the Corporation from 1982 until 1992. From 1992 to 1997, she was Assistant to the Director, Phillip A. Griffiths. She was a member of the Executive Board of the Renaissance Society of America from 1982 to 2002, as well as of the American Academy in Rome from 1979 to 1999. She was a trustee of the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation from 1979 until her death. Dr. Labalme joined the board of the Brearley School in 1975, and was president from 1978 to 1982, later becoming a Life Trustee. In 1985, she became the first female trustee of the Lawrenceville School, serving until 1996. She also was a director of the Independent Schools Chairmen Association and Phi Beta Kappa Associates.[Excerpted and paraphrased from a publication of the Institute for Advanced Study.]
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