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Janet Marie Duncan

May 4, 1941May 7, 2018

Janet Marie Duncan was born on May 4, 1941 and passed away on May 7, 2018

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Janet Marie Duncan

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Richard Cross

May 18, 2018

Janet was all the things that have been said about her here-a warm, gentle, caring person who was also a terrific manager. Prior her coming the main English office had run through a series of supervisors who couldn't seem to make it work; Janet quietly and efficiently shaped it up within a month. When it's my turn before the Last Assizes, I plan to mention that at least I had the sense to hire Janet. May she rest in peace.

Martha Nell Smith

May 18, 2018

What a joy it was to walk into the English office and be greeted by Janet’s welcoming smile. Her kindness, her warmth, and her justice-loving righteous political rage at stingy-minded greed and bigotry inspired many conversations. She was as loyal a Terp as she was a Democrat, and I loved her laughter and her gentle sense of humor. In the words of Emily Dickinson, Janet “dwelled in Possibility” each and every moment and each and every day, and I am very grateful to have had the good fortune to know her, and the English department is so very fortunate to have had her among us for so long.
--Martha Nell Smith

Lewis Lawson

May 18, 2018

There was a time when the Main Office of the Department of English was a dark place, "officer's country" to the faculty. Janet came in, turned on the lights, and that made all the difference. Good bye, Janet. Lewis Lawson

Donna Hamilton

May 18, 2018

Isabella has summarized well the Janet I knew--thoughtful, smart, responsive, knowledgeable, firm, and friendly. I also knew her as an avid Terps fan, willing to take on any and all Duke supporters, including one student who worked in the MEO and boldly displayed Duke paraphernalia--but in true Janet style she also did this with good humor. She modeled many things for all of us.

Sincerely,
Donna Hamilton

Scott Eklund

May 18, 2018

To Janet Duncan's family,

Janet was always available to assist the colleague who possessed very little clout in the grand scheme of things, and her enjoyment of life sparkled in every conversation that she engaged in with fellow staff, tenured faculty, professional track faculty, and graduate students. She always had time for anyone who needed her assistance; and she made sure during all of those instances that you had her full attention. She empathized and identified with all manner of urgent and not-so-urgent situations; and she deftly "trouble-shooted" each and every situation in a manner that was prompt, careful, precise, and efficient. She also had a wonderful sense of humor, and she was never afraid to share it while simultaneously remaining cognizant of her surroundings and her audience. She helped make the Surge building, which the Department of English at the University of Maryland called home for far too long, a livable space worthy of the name we always attempted to use on our official correspondence: Susquehanna Hall. Like many others, I will remember Janet most as a friend.

Sincerely,

Scott Eklund

Isabella Moulton

May 15, 2018

To Janet's family,
Your mom Janet Duncan was my dearest friend for over 20 years. She was the best supervisor I've had at the English Dept. UMD. She always saw the best in people, and always there to help you see the potential in you. She was a very strong person, gentle at the same time, and always there to help you. She was an inspiration to me and others. Her family was very important to her, especially her grandchildren. She loved exploring the world with her grandchildren, and especially spending time with them. She always liked sharing her trips experiences and pictures with excitement ....I would always tell her that I wanted to be a grandmother just like her - she inspired me so much. I will miss her dearly.....Rest in peace Janet, with a lot of love, from your friend Isabella....
With heartfelt sympathy,
Isabella and Woody Moulton