Age 58, passed away March 18, 2017. Anna was born September 7, 1958 in Tunis, Tunisia, and grew up in Paris, France. Anna moved to the US in the early 1980’s to study for and complete a Masters degree at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she met and married her husband Kenneth in 1986. They moved to Charlottesville, Virginia in 1988 where she completed her Doctorate at the University of Virginia, and bore two children, Elliott and Camille.
The family moved to Haslett, Michigan in December of 1998, and Anna began her academic career with a tenure track position with Michigan State University, where she has remained active Faculty until her passing. Anna deeply cared for all of her students, as they for her. For many years Anna directed a study abroad program with the Institute Touraine in France, giving students, memories not forgotten. Anna was a member of many academic organizations and her research was highly published. Anna was knighted Chevalier de Palmes Académiques by the French Republic Ministry for Higher Education and Research, and awarded the Medal of Honor, Academic.
Anna is survived by her husband, Kenneth Norris; her children, Elliott Norris and Camille Norris; her mother, Mathilde Cohen; and her brothers, Yvan Cohen and Marc Cohen. Anna was preceded in death by her father, Jean Cohen, and her brother, Alain Cohen.
The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, March 23, 2017, at Congregation Shaarey Zedek, 1924 Coolidge Rd., East Lansing, with interment to follow in Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, arrangements are being made with the MSU study abroad programs and Jewish studies program to establish a memorial fund for students.