OBITUARY

Kathleen M. Erndl

January 21, 1954February 19, 2017

Kathleen M. Erndl, 63, of Tallahassee died suddenly Sunday (2/19/17) at her home. Born at the Naval Air Station at Patuxent River in Maryland, Dr. Erndl, a beloved professor and noted South Asian religious scholar, was an Associate Professor at Florida State University. Her love of South Asian culture began with her travel to Sri Lanka during her sophomore year at New College of Florida. She conducted research and traveled in India frequently, receiving the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship, Fulbright-Hays, and NEH Fellowship. She authored, Victory to the Mother: The Hindu Goddess of Northwest India in Myth, Ritual, and Symbol (Oxford, 1993), co-edited, Is the Goddess a Feminist? The Politics of South Asian Goddesses (NYU Press, 2000), and published articles on Sakta traditions, spirit possession, women's religious expressions, methodology, and gender issues in Hinduism. Her teaching excellence gave her the Advanced Teacher of Year Award at FSU; she was also faculty advisor to the FSU Indian Students Association. Her knowledgeable and sincere influence touched students, colleagues, and friends globally.

She is survived by her partner: Yakini Kemp of Tallahassee; son: Gabriel Erndl-Clana of Tallahassee; brothers: Christopher of Sanford, Jay (Lauryn) of DeBary; mother: Edna Griffin (Ron-deceased) of DeBary; father: Bill (Mary Lee) of Daytona Beach; partner’s daughter: Nzinga Kemp (Roshmond Patten) of Los Angeles, CA; and nieces and nephew: Jessica, David, Emily, Christina, Stephanie, and Larisa.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 3:00 PM at The Alumni Center at FSU, 1030 West Tennessee St., Tallahassee, FL 32304. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to: the Southern Poverty Law Center or the Refuge House of Tallahassee.

Services

  • Memorial Service Sunday, March 26, 2017
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Kathleen M. Erndl

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Terry Eagan

August 7, 2017

Kathleen was my advisor and assisted me in my Master's Thesis at FSU. I really can't find the words to convey how great a teacher and person she was. I am at a loss. She was simply incredible.

Yakini Kemp

April 3, 2017

Kathleen was a goddess, my friend, and my wonderful love. She made a great contribution to this world. Her friends and influence extend across continents. Her belief in the goodness of human beings was real.

Lin Herz

March 29, 2017

Lin Herz

March 29, 2017

Lin Herz

March 29, 2017

Lin Herz

March 29, 2017

Lin Herz

March 29, 2017

Jayme Harpring

March 25, 2017

Kathleen had a light in her...and I feel lucky to have had a chance to share in it in a little. I will remember her smile and her laugh, her kindness and spark and brilliance.

Lin Herz

March 13, 2017

I truly still can't fathom a world without Kathy in it. We have been friends since she was 9 and I was not quite 12. My heart breaks for her Edna, Chris, Jay, Bill, her nieces and other loved ones.. Her memory will be a blessing to the many people whose lives she touched. I will never forget her.

Priscilla Dean

March 11, 2017

Having been childhood friends of Kathy's since 1962, I will hold many cherished memories of this incredible person in my heart forever! Priscilla Dean, Phoenix, AZ