posted December 22, 2003

Prof. Emerita Judith Motiff Dies from Fall

Dr. Judith A. Motiff, Professor Emerita of French in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, died Sunday, Dec. 21, from injuries suffered in a fall at her home earlier in the weekend.

Dr. Motiff's husband, Dr. James P. Motiff, is a member of college's psychology department.

Dr. Judith Motiff retired from the Hope faculty at the conclusion of the 1999-00 school year. She had served on the faculty since 1969.

Her teaching interests included not only the French language itself, but also French civilization and the methodology of teaching foreign languages.

She was instrumental in creating a new curriculum in French. She also supervised student teachers in all modern languages, and reorganized the training workshops and guidelines for apprentice teachers in the foreign languages department.

Her professional activities included serving on the Executive Board of the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages.

Arrangements are by the Notier-Ver Lee-Langeland Funeral Chapel in Holland.

The funeral service will be held Friday, Dec. 26 at 1:30 p.m. at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Holland.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Judith A. Motiff Memorial Fund for the French Department at Hope College.