Madeline Duckles (1915-2013)

Madeline Duckles, wife of Music Librarian Vincent Duckles, passed away at the age of 98 on November 23, 2013 in Santa Rosa, CA. A gracious presence in the Music Department for years, Madeline was also a peace activist and an outspoken critic of the Vietnam War. She was a member of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), and as a member of the Committee of Responsibility brought injured Vietnamese children to San Francisco for treatment. Madeline met Vincent as an undergraduate at Berkeley and they were married in 1937. She remained an integral part of the department’s culture until Vincent’s retirement, and continued to live in their Berkeley Hills home and attend concerts well into her nineties. Three of her five sons have continued the family’s involvement in music professionally, as well as three of her seven grandchildren. Madeline is survived by five sons (Lawrence, Christopher, Lee, Peter and Jeremy) and a foster daughter (Thuy), as well as seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Madeline’s presence in the department will be missed.

Ms. Duckles’ obituary can be read here.