Death of Shona Kelly Wray, UMKC associate professor of history, shocks and saddens many


[The following was provided by the College of Arts and Sciences.]

Shona Kelly Wray, Ph.D., UMKC associate professor of history, passed away suddenly on May 6 in Florence, Italy.

Kelly Wray was a brilliant scholar-teacher, beloved by her colleagues and students. A student of medieval and Renaissance Italy, medieval feminist scholarship, medical history and more, she was one of the brightest lights of her generation. Kelly Wray had received two of the most prestigious honors in her field – the Rome Prize and a Harvard I Tatti Fellowship and spent the 2011-2012 academic year researching what promised to be a ground-breaking social history of the lives of medieval University of Bologna faculty families.

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