In Memoriam

Jacqueline Mueller

Jacqueline Mueller

 

College archives include this clipping from the Express-Times, dated 14 March 1993:

 

Marie J. Mueller, Japanese translator, taught at Lafayette

 

Easton -- Marie Jacqueline Mueller, 50, of Easton died Saturday at her home.

 

She was a freelance translator of Japanese to English since 1988. From 1985 to 1988 she was an assistant professor in the Department of Languages at Lafayette College.

 

Born Sept. 16, 1942, in New York City, she was a daughter of Marie La Bascileu Mueller of New York City and the late G. Edward Mueller.

 

She graduated from Columbia University with a doctorate in Japanese literature, a masters degree in philosophy, a master of science and a master of arts. She received her bachelor of arts degree from Mount Holyoke College.

 

In 1984 she was assistant professor in the Department of Languages and Literatures at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. Also in 1984, she was assistant professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University where she was a teaching assistant from 1976 to 1978.  From 1972 to 1976 she was a cataloger for special collections at Columbia University Library. From 1968 to 1971, she was a Latin teacher in the Calhoun School in New York City.

 

She has two published Japanese translations, A Chronicle of Great Peace Played Out on a Chessboard and The Two Shizukas.

 

She was a member of the American Translators Association and the Association for Asian Studies.

 

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Fumikazu Higashihara; and a brother, John, of Seattle, Wash.

 



 
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03/18/13 05:48 PM #1    

Jane Bruce

I barely knew Jacquie in college; our friendship blossomed when I worked in NYC after graduate school.  We shared a passion for opera and spent many happy (and COLD) hours together in the standing room line at the old Met, attending hundreds of performances in the space of a couple of years for $1.50 a pop--Nilsson, Corelli, Milnes, Price, Caballe, Sutherland, Horne, Rysanek, King, Vickers, Gobbi, Scotto, Freni, Bergonzi, Crespin.  Supper was often a cup of coffee and a doughnut from Chock Full o' Nuts.  Our most memorable line was an overnighter for Callas's last two performances of Tosca, with an early morning dash to the Port Authority bus terminal to wash up before the tickets finally went on sale.  We actually splurged on seats for the last gala performance at the old Met!  Then I took off for Sierra Leone with the Peace Corps. 

While I was in West Africa, Jacquie made all the arrangements for a reunion in Bayreuth--opera tickets, Eurail passes, B&B's, etc.--on my way back to the States.  We saw a complete Ring as well as a Meistersinger and Tristan, and had a wonderful time touring the area.  Our paths diverged after that glorious trip; she never left NYC, while I went back to Arkansas briefly and then on to D.C.  By the time I returned to New York for seminary, Jacquie and her parents were no longer in the phone book. 

Jacquie was a fascinating, complex, and generous friend with a huge heart and a huge voice.  She was taking singing lessons and learning Wagner arias.  She said she was too nervous to sing for an audience, so the lessons were purely for her own pleasure.  I wish I could have heard her sing 'Dich teure halle'!  Her friendship enriched my life immeasurably, and I will always be grateful for it.  I miss her...

 


03/23/13 01:44 PM #2    

Alice Godfrey (Andrus)

Hi Jane Bruce:  Thanks for your words on Jacquie.  I always thought she had the most unusual interests and sophisticated mind when we were at Holyoke.  I recall her fixation on the Middle Ages..also one of my interests.  She was so much more informed than I and could tell great stories about what she knew of legends, myths and social history of the time.  She also was fond of Rilke's poetry.  When I read it, I always remember Jacquie.  Isn't it wonderful, despite her being gone for such a long time that she lives on in us?  Thanks for sharing more about her life after Holyoke.  I'm not surprised by her Wagnerian interests...it certainly fits.   

 

Sorry I won't see you in South Hadley, but we are going to spread out in the next five years and hope that you'll join us for a mini-reunion.  Best regards,  Alice Andrus


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