Marion Deshmukh (1945-2019)

Marion Deshmukh reminding the audience at the 2017 Gerald Feldman Memorial Lecture that the programs supported by Friends of the GHI rely on support from individual donors.

The German Historical Institute mourns the death of Marion Deshmukh, who passed away on April 13, 2019. Marion Deshmukh, who taught in the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University for forty-five years, was a great friend of the GHI, serving as vice president of the Friends of the GHI since the mid-1990s. In this capacity, she lent invaluable support to the many GHI activities funded by the Friends, including the annual award of the Fritz Stern Dissertation Prize, at which she often presented the award. Beyond this, Deshmukh was a valued friend, colleague, and advisor with whom the Institute often cooperated. Among her most notable cooperations with the GHI was an international conference on the impressionist painter Max Liebermann, which resulted in the edited volume Max Liebermann and International Modernism: An Artist's Career from Empire to Third Reich, co-edited by Deshmukh and published in the GHI’s series with Berghahn Books in 2011. Most recently she had capped her scholarly work on Liebermann by publishing the highly acclaimed biography Max Liebermann: Modern Art and Modern Germany (Routledge, 2015). A warm and generous person, who was always ready to lend support, Marion Deshmukh will be deeply missed.