Dr. Shirley Whitaker, a retired associate professor of Spanish who served in the Romance Languages department, died December 27, 2014. Her graveside service was held in Raeford, NC. She was a Spanish instructor at Duke University, an associate professor of Spanish at Mary Baldwin College and retired as an associate professor from UNCG. She received her Bachelor’s degree and her Master’s degree from Duke University. She received her PhD in Romance Languages from UNC Chapel Hill.
“Shirley was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Academic Honor Society, as well as the Modern Language Association of America. Additionally, she was a member of Renaissance Society of America, and the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese,” her obituary states. “Shirley authored a monograph, published in the series North Carolina Studies in the Romance Languages and Literatures, as well as articles on several luminaries of Golden Age Spanish drama. In recent years, her scholarly interests focused on court theater in seventeenth-century Spain. Shirley was a distinguished scholar who presented many important papers at conferences throughout the United States.