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Amelia Peabody Chair in Agricultural Sciences, 1988
The Amelia Peabody Chair in Agricultural Sciences, endowed by the Amelia Peabody Foundation in 1988, pays the salary, research, and teaching costs of a professor at the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine.
Amelia Peabody was a renowned sculptress who had a lifelong interest in horses and other farm animals. She owned an 800-acre farm in Dover, Massachusetts, where she raised Hereford cows, Yorkshire swine, and thoroughbred horses. After meeting a professor from the Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine at a pig auction in Pennsylvania, she took a strong interest in the university. In 1980, Peabody donated the funds necessary to establish the Amelia Peabody Pavilion at the Veterinary School. It was used for teaching and research in livestock and livestock disease, and also served as the school's first large animal hospital. Peabody died in 1984, but in 1988, her estate made a one million dollar donation to Tufts in order to establish the Peabody chair, at the time only the second endowed chair at the Veterinary School.
Professor Jeffrey Erickson held the chair from 1988 to 1993, when it was taken over by Professor George Saperstein. As of 2000, Professor Saperstein continues to hold the Amelia Peabody Chair in Agricultural Studies.