Concise Encyclopedia of Tufts History

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Marianne J. H. Witherby Prize in Archaeology,


The Marianne J. H. Witherby Prize in Archaeology was established by Marianne Witherby, an alumna of Tufts who is a devoted supporter of archaeological studies at the university. The prize is awarded each year to an archaeology major in recognition of scholastic ability, dedication to the discipline, and resourcefulness.

Marianne J. H. Witherby, J1976, was born in the Swedish socialist community of Jamestown, New York, in 1914. Her paternal grandparents had immigrated from Småland to escape the potato blight. Her grandfather arrived at age fourteen changed his name to Jones, lied about his age, and joined the Union Navy. Her maternal grandparents arrived from Stockholm on the Carpathia at the turn of the century. Her father was a lawyer who opened his first office with Robert H. Jackson, later of the U.S. Supreme Court. The family traveled extensively to oil fields in Wyoming and Montana where her father tried to prevent illegal oil drilling on Indian reservations. She finished high school in the east. When her father sent her to college, the old Swedes objected to educating a woman as a waste of money. He said, "You educate a man and you educate one person. You educate a woman, you educate a whole family." College was not a happy experience for her and law school was worse-women were not wanted there. She worked in radio and advertising instead, wrote articles for Gourmet Magazine, did a cooking show on TV. As her children grew up (Tom from a brief first marriage, Connie from her marriage to Thomas Witherby, Harvard '36, an electrical engineer with Raytheon) she traveled and wrote articles about Europe for the Boston Globe.

When she wrote about Greek Bronze Age ruins, Marianne Witherby found that there was little agreement among archaeologists concerning important dates. Emily Vermeule from Harvard suggested she take some classes. Tufts was the only institution to offer a suitable program. A trial run during summer school was made difficult by concurrent treatment for a just-diagnosed cancer. She ended the summer session with an A and a B and cancer cured. Four years later, at age 62, she graduated magna cum laude with majors in archaeology and Greek and Roman studies. She enjoyed her years at Tufts and has been among the most vigorous supporters of the archaeology program here ever since.

Source: BTU[Arts and Sciences/Engineering]; 100H

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Dame, Lorin Low, 1838-1903
Dana, Charles A., 1881-1975
Dana Laboratory, 1963
Daniel Ounjian Prize in Economics,
Davies, Caroline Stodder, 1864-1939
Davies House, 1894
De Florez Prize in Human Engineering, 1964
de Pacheco, Kaye MacKinnon, ca. 1910-ca. 1985
Dean Hall, 1887-1963
Dean, Oliver, 1783-1871
Dearborn, Heman Allen, 1831-1897
Department of Anatomy and Cellular Biology, 1893
Department of Anesthesia, 1970
Department of Art and Art History, 1930
Department of Biochemistry, 1893
Department of Chemistry, 1882
Department of Community Health, 1930
Department of Dermatology, 1897
The Department of Economics, 1946
Department of Medicine, 1893
Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology
Department of Neurology, 1893
Department of Neuroscience, 1983
Department of Neurosurgery, 1951
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1893
Department of Ophthamology, 1893
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, 1906
Department of Otolaryngology, 1895
Department of Pathology, 1893
Department of Pediatrics, 1930
Department of Pharmacology, 1915
Department of Physics and Astronomy, 1854
Department of Physiology, 1893
Department of Psychiatry, 1928
Department of Radiation Oncology, 1968
Department of Radiology, 1915
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, 1955
Department of Surgery, 1893
Department of Urban and Environmental Policy, 1973
Department of Urology, 1910
Dental Health Sciences Building, 1969
Dewick, Cora Alma (Polk), 1875-1977
Dewick/MacPhie Dining Hall, 1959
Dickson Professorship of English and American History, 1913
Dirlam, Arland A., 1905-1979
Dog Cart, 1900
Dolbear, Amos Emerson, 1837-1910
Donald A. Cowdery Memorial Scholarship, 1946
Dr. Benjamin Andrews Professorship of Surgery, 1987
Dr. Philip E. A. Sheridan Prize, 1977
The Drug Bust, 1970
Dudley, Henry Watson, 1831-1906
Dugger, Edward Jr., 1919-75
Durkee, Frank W., 1861-1939
Durkee, Henrietta Noble Brown, 1871-1946
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