Passing of Maureen Minielli
It is with great sadness that ECA marks the passing of long-time member, Maureen Minielli. ECA is grateful for the 10-plus years Dr. Minielli gave to our Association. On behalf of the Officers and Executive Committee, I send our deepest sympathies to Dr. Minielli’s family, friends, students, and colleagues.
Please read the obituary below, composed by friend of Dr. Minielli and fellow long-time ECA member, Dr. Rod Carveth.
ECA Executive Director
Maureen “Mo” Minielli passed away suddenly in her sleep on Monday, February 25 in Klaipeda, Lithuania, where she had been teaching for the semester at LCC International University. An active member of ECA, Mo was a professor at Kingsborough Community College in New York. Mo was a debater as an undergraduate at the University of Pittsburgh. She then did her graduate studies at Penn State, where her love for Penn State football began. As big a fan Mo was of the Nittany Lions, that took a back seat to her love for the Chicago Cubs. One of her great joys in life was watching the Cubs finally win the World Series in 2016.
As evidenced by the postings on Facebook this week, Mo was a much-beloved teacher. Mo was also a scholar of Richard Nixon’s rhetoric, a research interest that led her into becoming involved with, first, the Russian Communication Association, and later, as a founder of the Communication Association of Eurasian Researchers (CAER).
Above her teaching and scholarship, Mo was known for her sense of humor, her kindness and her love of life. She brought light to a number of people’s lives all across the world, and will be missed. Maureen leaves her husband, Mike, and her daughter, Lauren.
Dr. Rod Carveth
Morgan State University