Dr. Melissa E. Fenwick passed away suddenly Friday December 28th she was the wife of DRFC Board President Michael “Gooch” Damici.
Melissa was a full-time faculty member in the Justice and Law Administration Division at Western Connecticut State University. She taught courses in criminological theory and research methodology. Her research interests included crime and the media, cultural criminology, penology, convict criminology, race, class and gender and critical criminology.
Originally from New Fairfield, CT, Dr Fenwick received her undergraduate degree from Rutgers College in Psychology. She completed a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her thesis consisted of interviewing female jail inmates at the Charlotte Mecklenburg County Jail and assessing their coping strategies. She completed her doctorate at the University of South Florida.
Dr. Fenwick was published in several peer-reviewed journals such as Sociological Inquiry, The Journal of Criminal Justice, Justice Quarterly and The Journal of Research of Crime and Delinquency. Furthermore, other written publications include book reviews, book chapters and additional articles. Professor Fenwick’s most recent research is an examination of prison life as portrayed by the film industry.
Dr. Melissa E. Fenwick, 38; also survived by her father Charles F. Fenwick, brother Daniel Fenwick, grandmother Margaret Fenwick, in laws Richard and Carolyn Damici, sister in law Amy and Vincent Fagnani.
The family will receive friends at
9-11 Granville Ave.
Thursday, January 3, 2013
5 PM to 8 PM.
Interment will take place on Friday, December 4, 2013
Mountain View Cemetery
New Fairfield, CT
Contributions in Dr. Fenwick’s memory may be made to:
New Fairfield/Sherman Animal Welfare Society
223 State Route 37
New Fairfield, CT 06812.