Ann S. Blum, a preeminent historian of the Mexican family, died on November 28, 2015, 16 months after she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Ann's compassion and keen intelligence permeated her scholarship, teaching, and leadership in the field of Latin American history. Raised in an academic family, Ann eventually returned to academia on a circuitous but seemingly inevitable path, one always grounded in the meaningful relations she forged with friends and colleagues along the way. Her first book on scientific illustration and her second on family, work, and welfare in Mexico were both foundational in their respective fields. Her mentoring—of her diverse undergraduates at the University of Massachusetts Boston, of a whole generation of graduate students at the Oaxaca Summer Institute, and of her colleagues in Latin American history—made her a pillar of humanity and intelligence in our scholarly community.

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