Passages pays tribute to those we have recently lost in our liberal arts family. Read on about the unique and inspirational lives of these individuals.

Jennifer Fish Kashay
Associate Professor of History

Jennifer Fish Kashay, aged 49, passed away January 3rd, 2016 due to a heart attack. An associate professor of history at Colorado State University, she had resided in Fort Collins since 2005.

A devoted mother and wife, Jennifer was an active outdoors person who loved to hike, shoot, fish, and travel throughout her adopted home state of Colorado and farther afield. She and her children were frequent visitors to museums, historical sites and cemeteries across the country, reflecting both her professional and personal interests in history, museum studies, and culture. She is survived by her husband Jason Kashay, her son Cole and daughter Kaylee of Fort Collins, father Joel Fish and sister Laurie Fish of Hemet, California. Read the full essay here.

Gene Berwanger
Emeritus Professor of History

Gene joined the history faculty at CSU in 1967, following service in the US Army, several years as a high school teacher in Illinois, and teaching at other colleges.  A specialist in the US Civil War era, he was an accomplished scholar.  His first book, The Frontier Against Slavery: Western Anti-Negro Prejudice and the Slavery Extension Controversy (University of Illinois Press, 1967), was followed by six additional books and dozens of articles in academic journals and edited volumes.

Gene also dedicated himself to teaching and institutional service; he received the CSU Oliver Pennock Distinguished Service Award and the CSU College of Liberal Arts John N. Stern Distinguished Professor Award, among other recognitions.  He served as department chair during part of the 1990s before retiring at the end of the decade.

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