South Bend Community Hall of Fame 2016
Keys to the City of South Bend
Sagamore of the Wabash 2006
Lilly Open Fellowship 1991
Woodrow Wilson Fellowship 1965
Phi Beta Kappa 1964, Phi Kappa Phi 1964
Gabrielle tells stories about people that reveal their personal situation within its historical context.
One reason for her fascination with the intersection of the personal and historical stems from her own experience. Born in Berlin in 1942, her father’s fighter plane was shot down in 1943. After her family was bombed out twice, they fled Berlin in 1945.
This was the beginning of a string of migrations, from a village in Northern Germany to an Ursuline boarding school in Vienna, back to Germany, a boarding school on the Baltic, then several years in Darmstadt where she earned a Baccalaurate, followed by a move to the US with her mother and stepfather, first Urbana, Illinois (BA in English 1964), then New York (MA Columbia University 1965), and London (PhD 1968). She taught at the University of Illinois, where her only son was born, at Indiana University South Bend, and abroad.
Gabrielle now is settled in South Bend, Indiana, with her husband Mike, a Sociologist turned sustainable neighborhood developer, and their cat Max. Her son is an English Professor at SUNY Stoney Brook. Perhaps it’s a sign of having found a home at last that Gabrielle has won a number of local and statewide awards for her writing and community engagement.
Her favorite reading is about animals and trees.