I was just informed today of the passing of an old friend and colleague in Pagan studies, Nikki Bado, who taught at Iowa State University.
She had been on medical leave for the last year or so, and apparently suffered a heart attack after her last surgery.
I have forgotten just when we met, but it must have been at the American Academy of Religion meeting. She helped build the Contemporary Pagan Studies Group and worked with me as a co-editor on our book series for Equinox Publishing.
She wrote on Paganism, religion in popular culture, Japanese religious festivals, the body in religion, and pilgrimage, among other topics.
Her longest work on Pagan religion was the book Coming to the Edge of the Circle: A Wiccan Initiation Ritual.
Good friend, priestess, hard-working scholar. She will be missed.