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Janne Emilie Nolan

December 28, 1951June 26, 2019

Janne Emilie Nolan was born on December 28, 1951 and passed away on June 26, 2019.


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Nancy Forbes

July 13, 2019

It's hard to express the shock and sadness I felt when I learned about Janne's passing. She was a national treasure, but most of all a close personal friend from the Cosmos Club for many years. I will think always of her kindness, her willingness to help and be there for her friends, her wit, her elegance and charm, her insight into the world, and concern she always showed for my well-being. It is a true loss and leaves an empty spot that no one else can fill. My sincere condolences to Cathy and Emilie. She will be truly missed by her friends and colleagues.

Emanuela Appetiti

July 10, 2019

From The GW Hachet:

A tribute to Janne from several colleagues and friends at the Center for Climate and Security:

Emanuela Appetiti

July 10, 2019

Thought to share also this article, in The New York Times:

Margaret Weir

July 9, 2019

I have so many wonderful memories of Janne – just thinking of her makes me smile, now with tears. Janne and I bonded as undergraduates in Paris, where we were part of an Antioch program studying “le nouveau roman.” Janne somehow managed to be unimaginably sophisticated and funny and down to earth all at once. We spent many wonderful evenings in her apartment in Rue St Jacques, penetrating the mysteries of French literature. But also taking off one night on a whim to go eat pasta in Italy. Janne and I both studied political science and foreign languages at Antioch and hung out with our brilliant professor David Ober. We met again when I came to Brookings in the 1990s, and literally ran into each other over the years, first at Columbia and later in Cambridge. My fellow Paris seminar “literary critics” (as she called us) were emailing her not long ago to convince her to come for a reunion. When she received an award from Antioch two years ago she asked in her typical way: what am I supposed to do “talk about how great I am?” The answer of course was yes: great scholar, great public intellectual, great “literary critic” and a great friend. Emilie and Cathy, my heart goes out to you. The world is much sadder without her.

Mark Thompson

July 6, 2019

Dr. Nolan attacked the challenges of the nuclear age with wisdom and verve. My condolences to her family.

Amy Butler

July 6, 2019

When Janne was appointed to the Elliott School at GWU, I was asked to help make her feel welcomed. During our first meeting, her brilliance, ability to see through bureaucracy, uncanny ability to state the obvious and dry witted humor made clear that she was special. In addition to her intellectual contributions, she was kind and leveraged her many connections to share with her students and colleagues. She inspired, mentored and empowered the people she met simply by being herself. Generous, open and naturally curious about others, her presence was awe inspiring. Learning about her love of France created even more to talk about.

The world was a better place with Janne in it. My heart goes out to her family.

cathy nolan

July 3, 2019

Here is a link to a beautiful tribute to Janne by her friend Frank Gavin:

And an equally beautiful photo provided by her friend Eric London.

Emanuela Appetiti

July 1, 2019

We feel privileged to have been friends with Janne and able to celebrate some holidays and birthdays with her in the past years. If the world and the academia have lost a smart mind and a generous professor, we have lost a dear friend. We'll treasure each and every moment we spent with her. Emanuela & Alain
[The photo was taken at the Cosmos Club in December 2018.]