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25 Broad Street
Hamilton, NY 13346
Phone: 315-824-2417
Fax: 315-825-3526
Faye Dudden

Faye E. Dudden

June 3, 1948 - October 16, 2020
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Obituary

Faye E. Dudden died in her sleep at home in Eaton, Madison County, NY on October 16. She was 72 years old. Faye was a longtime resident of the Eastside of Syracuse, and more recently of Eaton.
Faye grew up on the family farm in Camillus. She was the Valedictorian of her class at West Genesee High School and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cornell University. She held a PhD in U.S. History from the University of Rochester.
Faye Dudden was a pioneer in the field of Women Studies. Her published work focused on women’s occupations and the women’s rights movement in the 19th Century. Her book, Women and the American Theater 1790-1870, won the 1995 George Freedly award for the best book on the history of the American theater. Her most recent book is Fighting Chance: The Struggle Over Woman Suffrage and Black Suffrage in Reconstruction America.
Professor Dudden taught for twenty years at Colgate University, and earlier at Union College. She was a superb teacher, and she loved working with undergraduates. She retired from Colgate in 2016 as Charles A. Dana Professor of History. Faye was a lifelong political activist and feminist, and a strong supporter of the labor movement. She was a brilliant gardener, a hiker, and a world traveler. After retirement, she and her husband, Marshall Blake, spent winters in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico,
She and Marshall were together for fifty years. Faye is survived by him, her brother Paul Dudden, and her sister Lorraine (Rainy) Pigula. She also leaves a niece Carolyn Dudden and nephew Richard Dudden.
Contributions may be made in Faye’s memory to CNY SPCA the Glimmerglass Opera Festival, or Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York.
Services are private under the direction of Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 25 Broad St., Hamilton, NY.
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Leigh Wheeler

Posted at 10:48pm
I met Faye Dudden in person when she came to the Upstate New York Women's History Organization (UNYWHO) conference held at Binghamton University in 2012. Five years later, in 2017, Faye returned to Binghamton to comment on a paper presented by then-Ph.D.-candidate, Jessica Derleth, at the Modern U.S .History Workshop. Faye's contributions were always gracious, smart, and productive--she made everything better. She was a singularly lovely person who did not let her incisive intellect compromise any of her loveliness. That is a feat. She set a marvelous example for all of us.
ZL

Zac Lomas

Posted at 10:58pm
Professor Dudden was one of my favorite professors during my time studying history at Colgate. I first met her as a young, eager, and wide-eyed first year in her class on the Civil War and I was so enthused by the way her passion for the topics matched my own. However, it was in her Women's Rights in US History course where she truly shined and where I felt I learned the most. She continually pushed me as a student, while not only mentoring me, but making me laugh as well. Meeting with her during her office hours was one of the highlights of any day. The world has lost not only a wonderful and brilliant scholar, but also a truly kind and caring person. I feel genuinely lucky to have been taught by someone as great as Professor Dudden. My condolences to her entire family and loved ones.
JT

Jane Trask

Posted at 01:29pm
I feel so lucky to have been on Professor Dudden’s last London study group, and I am so sad to hear of her passing. She supported me in blurring the lines of a history thesis to focus on architecture, which led me to become an architectural historian. I recently moved back to London, and I am thinking of her often as I am here. I will never forget her warmth and wit, and I am so sorry for your loss.
WD

Warren Dennis

Posted at 09:13am
Prof. Dudden was a phenomenal teacher, and her guidance and encouragement played a major role in my decision to pursue history as a career. She led my study abroad trip, and she helped me get into graduate school. But more than that, she was someone I went to for advice and help, and I always looked forward to getting to speak with her and learn from her. She was an insightful, funny, generous, and kind person, and I'm better for having known her. I'm very sad to hear of her passing, and my thoughts are with Marshall, the Dudden family, and all of her friends and colleagues. I feel very fortunate to have known her, and I'm so sorry for your loss.
KS

Kathy Sollecito

Posted at 02:08pm
Dear Marshall, I was so sorry to read of Faye's passing. She was a lovely person to work with and I always looked forward to my workdays even more when the two of you were coming in. My heartfelt sympathy to you and your families.
Kathy Sollecito
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