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Donna S. Parsons

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 16, 2019

Donna S. Parsons (1966–2018)

Donna S. Parsons, a native Iowan and lecturer in popular music at the University of Iowa, died on 17 May 2018 after a short illness. She earned the B.M., M.A., and Ph.D. from the University of Iowa, the last degree in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in music literature. She completed her dissertation, “Their Voices Sing True and Clear: British Women Musicians and their Literary Counterparts, 1860–1920,” in 2001.

Following that dissertation, a major focus of her University of Iowa work stemmed from teaching a class devoted to The Beatles, one she taught many times. She published a number of articles and reviews on music and Victorian literature in Victorian Studies and other journals, and taught several courses in the University of Iowa’s School of Music and the University Honors Program. She received the university’s Honors Program Teaching Award in 2013.


This obituary first appeared in the February 2019 AMS Newsletter, p. 30.

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