Barnard College mourns the loss of Ursula Sybille Colby, Barnard alumna and former member of the faculty.
Ursula Liebrecht (later known by her middle name, Sybille) majored in German at Barnard. When she graduated summa cum laude in 1950, she was known as Ursula Liebrecht Jarvis. Barnard awarded her the Murray Fellowship for graduate study in the humanities; she also received a Fulbright Scholarship. She then earned graduate degrees in German from Columbia University: an M.A in 1952 and a Ph.D. in 1961. While a graduate student, she taught at Barnard. From 1962-66, she was an Assistant Professor of German at Barnard. Beginning in 1968, she taught literature at Kirkland College, where she became Chairperson of the Humanities Division. She later taught and served as a dean at Guilford College. From 1981 until 1998, when she retired, she was Academic Dean of Russell Sage College.
She died on September 11, 2018, at age 89, in Sleepy Hollow, NY. Her daughter Pamela Jarvis graduated from Barnard in 1975. Her former sister-in-law Judith Jarvis Thomson was also Class of 1950 and taught philosophy at Barnard from 1956-62.
We extend our heartfelt condolences to Professor Jarvis’ family and friends and to the students whose lives she touched.