It is with deep sadness that I inform friends and colleagues of the passing of Sophie Body Gendrot. Those of us who came to know Sophie appreciated her extraordinary gifts as a person, a friend, a teacher and a scholar. Sophie brightened our social and intellectual lives in altogether refreshing ways––through her wit and good cheer, by her insightful commentaries and as a dedicated and meticulous teacher. Sophie possessed as abiding an interest in American cities as she did those in France. She was a bridge between both nations and equally comfortable in both cultures. Her work reached across a large span of topics, ranging from comparative local politics, to urban policy and to the upsurge of collective violence in Europe and America. Sophie produced more than 14 books and numerous articles during a professional career of 40 years. Among her most notable books were: The Urban Moment (with R. Beauregard), Minorities in European Cities (with M. Martiniello), The Social Control of Cities and From Social Capital to Social Citizenship (with M. Gittell). She served our profession in so many capacities and in so many places; in France as a member of the faculty at the Sorbonne and Science, Po; in the United States as a research fellow at NYU and Wesleyan; in Australia as a speaker and researcher (University of Tasmania) and in Brazil as a consultant (Sao Paulo). Her contribution went beyond the academy and was published in Le Monde, the New York Times and other news outlets. In 2012, Sophie was awarded the prestigious Chevalier of the French Légion d’Honneur, and Palmes Académiques.
Sophie passed away in the same manner as she had lived, with style, grace and radiance. Sophie loved Paris and showed her passion for that city to the last of her days. We shall miss her dearly.
Hank Savitch, Emeritus Brown and Williamson Distinguished Professor, University of Louisville and Global Fellow, The Wilson Center (Washington, DC)
UAA note: Professor Gendrot passed away on September 21, 2018 after an illness.