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In Memoriam: Alex Doty & Robert Francoeur

Alexander Doty

Alex Doty
Alex Doty, Kinsey Board of Trustee meeting, 2009
Photo by Jennifer Bass

Alexander Doty, prominent scholar, professor, and member of The Kinsey Institute Board of Trustees, died on August 5th, after being struck by a motorcycle while vacationing in Bermuda.

Professor Doty was the Chair of the Department of Communication and Culture and a professor in Gender Studies at Indiana University.  He received his PhD in English and Film Studies in 1984 from the University of Illinois-Urbana.

In his role as Kinsey Institute Trustee, Professor Doty recently worked with the art department on an upcoming project, and was an advisor to the collections.

Alex Doty was known for introducing queer theory into film scholarship though his books and articles, including Making Things Perfectly Queer: Interpreting Mass Culture (1993) and Flaming Classics: Queering the Film Canon (2000).

For more remembrances, see Remembering Alex Doty.

To make a donation in his memory, please contact by email, or give directly to the IU Foundation.

Robert T. Francoeur

Sexologist Robert Francoeur died October 15, 2012 from complications of Parkinson’s Disease.

Robert Francoeur
Robert Francoeur

Dr. Francoeur, along with his co-editor Ray Noonan, offered the full-text version of the remarkable Continuum Complete International Encyclopedia of Sexuality (2004) to the Kinsey library for interactive posting on the Kinsey website.  To this day, this representation of sexual behavior, attitudes and customs from around the world is one of the most well-used features of the Kinsey website.   Both Bob and Ray worked tirelessly to format and adjust the text to fit a digital medium, and to make it accessible to a worldwide audience.

Besides the CCIES, Dr. Francoeur authored 22 books, and was the editor in chief of another important resource for sexologists, The Complete Dictionary of Sexology (1991, 1995).

Robert Francoeur was born on October 18, 1931.  An ordained Catholic priest, he received permission to marry his wife Anna in 1967 without being laicized.  In that year, he also received a Ph.D. in experimental embryology from the University of Delaware.

A Fellow of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, he was Professor Emeritus of Human Sexuality at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, NJ, where he taught from 1971 to 1998 in the Biology and Allied Health Sciences department. 

Bob Francoeur was honored with numerous accolades throughout his career, including the Sunoco Science Seminarist award (National Science Teachers Association, 1974), the annual award by the Educational Foundation For Human Sexuality (1978), Fairleigh Dickinson’s Distinguished Faculty Award for Research and Scholarship (1992), the Public Service Award (The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, 1999), and the Golden Brick Award (Center for Family Life Education, 2008). In 2008, he was awarded the Magnus Hirschfeld Medal by the German Society for Social-Scientific Sexuality Research (DGSS) in the category of sexual reform. He served on the editorial advisory board for both the American Journal of Sexuality Education and the Journal of Sex Research.

In the words of his wife, Anna Francoeur:

"He was a teacher who believed in the unfettered inquiry and dissemation of knowledge related to human sexuality, and the potential for individual development that comes from that knowledge.”

We honor his contribution to advancing sexual health and knowledge worldwide.

Thank you to Bill Taverner and Ray Noonan for contributions to this remembrance.


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