The university Tuesday said Damico died April 14. She was 89.
Damico taught courses in Old and Middle English at the university beginning in 1981 after completing her Ph.D. at New York University the year before.
Institute for Medieval Studies Director Timothy Graham says Damico was inspired to found the medieval program after attending a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for College Teachers at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts.
In 1986, Damico initiated the institute’s flagship event, the annual Medieval Spring Lecture Series, which has been held every year since then until this year because of coronavirus restrictions.
In the late 1990s, Damico established another program around Viking mythology.