Dr. Jonathan Briggs posted on November 22, 2016
Mary was my mentor and my advisor to do my Ph.D. at Carolina back in the early 90's. I was heartbroken to learn of her passing. She was an incredibly talented and intelligent professor, and she pushed me to the limits of my own ability to write and to be creative. I loved her classes, and she was so kind to autograph one of her first books for me! We had a good laugh when I asked her to do that, since I had said, "I'll be able to say that I knew you way back when!" She kept me on my toes, and she never let me give her anything less than my best. I learned so much from her, both on how to teach and how to write. I can never say Thank You enough to Mary for everything that she did for me, and I shall always remember her fondly. RIP, Professor. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Heather Linton posted on October 31, 2016
Dear Keith, I have fond memories of seeing both you and Mary. It was fun to get together with you because your obvious affection for each other rubbed off on whomever was near you. And my Uof D art history connection with Mary (she was a graduate student and I was just an undergrad) was a strong one, which she was so gracious to honor. Best, Heather

Judith Colton posted on October 28, 2016
Dear Keith, A voice from the past... I am so very sorry to learn about Mary's death. And remember with great fondness those early days in which we pursued 18th-c. studies with passion and commitment and love. Mary was a giant in the field. Her contribution, and those of her students, has made a mark and will continue to be important to many who follow.

Karen Wilson posted on October 25, 2016
It was with such sadness that I read Mary's obituary in the NYT on Sunday. I had the privilege of being her editor at the University of Chicago Press. We worked together for a number of years bringing about her prize-winning work on Fragonard and on Vigee-Lebrun. She was in every way a pioneer in eighteenth-century studies, fearless and admired among the many titans in her industry. She was also patient, warm and playful, which made working with her unusual in the day to day battles of publishing technically demanding not to mention highly competitive art history books. Somehow it is the unflinchingness of her spirit that keeps coming back to me as I remember what an honor it was to represent her publications. I am so sorry for your loss and send my heartfelt condolences during this sad and difficult time.

Katie Emery posted on October 25, 2016
I was so sorry to hear this news. Professor Sheriff was so inspiring to me - she was a warm mentor, and an excellent teacher. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

Servanne Woodward posted on October 23, 2016
I have used Dr. Sheriff's research to enrich my own for quite a few years and I feel a great void. I am very sorry that you lost your daughter. I am sorry that you lost such a precious wife and companion.

Gail O'Brien & Tony La Vopa posted on October 23, 2016
Dear Keith, Please know that Tony and I are thinking of you during this very difficult time. Mary was an incredibly talented, intelligent, lovely person. She will be deeply missed by all of us. We look forward to seeing you whenever it works for you. With much love and respect, Gail & Tony

Meg Gallucci (Robertson) posted on October 23, 2016
I was so sorry to see Mary's obituary in the NY Times this Sunday. I knew her well in grad school at UD. She kept my spirits up while I was studying for the Master's exam. She would approach me in the library, peruse what I was reviewing and provide an imitation of the artist in question. For Bernardo Strozzi, she would pinch her cheeks to imitate the "Strozzi glow," and she performed an inspired imitation of Caravaggio's Drunken Bacchus using a crumpled paper cup. She was ahead of me in grad school and helped me in numerous other ways, though her friendship, knowledge and good humor. I changed fields, and we lost touch, but I remember her with admiration and fondness, a fine, accomplished life cut much too short. My best to her family.

ELLEN O'BRIEN posted on October 21, 2016
To the family and friends of Mary Sheriff I send my heartfelt condolences. I did not know Mary well, but she was very kind and helpful to me. I am an older student at UNC on the verge of getting my undergraduate degree in Religious Studies. Originally, I wanted to design an interdisciplinary degree program combining art, history and religion. Mary agreed to be my sponsor and championed my programme. She was miffed (as was I) when the Arts and Sciences advisor would not allow me to pursue this self-designed degree program. Her support meant so much to me regardless of this outcome. I also had the pleasure of seeing Mary at Anna Hayes' Easter Potluck. I am so very sorry for your loss and my thoughts are with you at this sad, sad time.