John Rockwell, Jeremy Sabloff to Receive Museum Medals

Jeremy A. Sabloff, John R. Rockwell Honored at the Penn Museum April 25
New Recipients of the Lucy Wharton Drexel Medal, Marian Angell Godfrey Boyer Medal

MedalswebIt turns out that 1964 was a very fine year! Two prestigious Penn Museum medals—the Lucy Wharton Drexel Medal and the Marian Angell Godfrey Boyer Medal—will be awarded to two members of the University of Pennsylvania's 50th Reunion Class of 1964 at a special Museum dinner on April 25, 2014.

The Lucy Wharton Drexel Medal will be presented to Jeremy A. Sabloff, Ph.D. The Marian Angell Godfrey Boyer Medal will be awarded to John R. Rockwell. They will be honored at a dinner attended by their families and several of their classmates, as well as the Penn Museum's leadership, Board of Overseers, and members of the Loren Eiseley Society.

"We are thrilled to be able to recognize two extraordinary people, both of whom have served the Penn Museum generously and have been wonderful ambassadors for all we do," noted Julian Siggers, Ph.D., Williams Director, Penn Museum.

"We celebrate Jeremy Sabloff, past Williams Director, for his significant achievements in the field of Maya studies, with the Lucy Wharton Drexel Medal. It is a pleasure, as well, to be able to present our Marian Angell Godfrey Boyer Medal, aptly called our 'Angell' award, to a real life Museum 'angel' Rick Rockwell, who has supported our research, collections stewardship, and exhibition programs so generously."

The Lucy Wharton Drexel Medal

JeremySabloff2014webEstablished in 1889, the Lucy Wharton Drexel Medal is given "for achievement in excavation or publication of archaeological work during the five years preceding the date of the award." It was first awarded in 1903 to W.M. Flinders Petrie for work in Egypt, and most recently in 2010 to George F. Bass for work in Underwater Archaeology. Dr. Sabloff's award recognizes his work in Maya archaeology on some of the key scientific themes that have animated and advanced the field of Maya studies since the 1960s. Previous recipients for work in Mesoamerican Studies or Mexico include J. Eric S. Thompson (1962), Richard Stockton McNeish (1966), Ignacio Bernal y García Pimentel (1971), Gordon Randolph Willey (1981), and William R. Coe (1991).

President of the Santa Fe Institute since 2009, Jeremy Arac Sabloff was the Williams Director of the Penn Museum from 1994–2004 and Interim Director from 2006–2007, and Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to being a member of the Class of 1964, he is also a Penn parent. His other former faculty appointments include Harvard University, the University of Utah, the University of New Mexico, and the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Sabloff is a past President of the Society for American Archaeology, a past Chair of Section H (Anthropology) of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and past Editor of American Antiquity. He served as Chair of the Smithsonian Science Commission and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the Visiting Committee for the Peabody Museum, Harvard University, the National Advisory Board of the National Museum of Natural History, and the Board of Trustees of the SRI Foundation. Over the past 40 years, he has undertaken archaeological field research in both Mexico and Guatemala. He is the author of Excavations at Seibal: Ceramics (1975), The Cities of Ancient Mexico (1989; 2nd ed., 1997), The New Archaeology and the Ancient Maya (1990), and Archaeology Matters (2008) and the co-author of A History of American Archaeology (1974; 2nd ed., 1980; 3rd ed., 1993), A Reconnaissance of Cancuen, Peten, Guatemala (1978), Ancient Civilizations: The Near East and Mesoamerica (1979; 2nd ed. 1995), Cozumel: Late Maya Settlement Patterns (1984), and The Ancient Maya City of Sayil (1991).

The Marian Angell Godfrey Boyer Medal

Rick RockwellArtifactLabwebThe Marian Angell Godfrey Boyer Medal was established in 1987 "to honor distinguished service by a Museum supporter to the institution," and was awarded that year to Robert L. Trescher, Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Overseers, and most recently to Andrea M. Baldeck, M.D. in 2007.

John R. "Rick" Rockwell, W64, WG66, and Penn parent, remembers accompanying his grandfather to the Penn Museum and to Penn sporting events during his childhood. Those early visits sowed the seeds for his later involvement as an Overseer of both the Museum and Penn Athletics; he also chairs the Basketball Board for Penn Athletics, where he has endowed the men's basketball head coach position.

Mr. Rockwell has served on the Museum's Board of Overseers since 2008 and is a member of the Finance and Marketing and Acquisitions Committees. He has generously underwritten in full the conservation of the two famed stone reliefs in the China Rotunda commissioned by the Emperor Taizong of his battle horses Saluzi and Curly, and the highly popular exhibition In the Artifact Lab, and he is lead underwriter of the exhibition Native American Voices: The People—Here and Now. He is also lead annual supporter of excavation work at Abydos, Egypt, by Josef Wegner, Associate Curator, Egyptian Section, and a longtime member of the Platinum Circle of the Loren Eiseley Society.

Mr. Rockwell retired from T. Rowe Price Group in 2007. He served in various senior management capacities, most recently as National Sales Director, T. Rowe Price Retirement Plan Services. In addition to his duties at Penn, he serves on several other not-for-profit boards, including the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore. He and his wife, Frances, live in Owings Mills, MD.


Photos, top to bottom: The Lucy Wharton Drexel Medal; the Marian Angell Godfrey Medal; Dr. Jeremy A. Sabloff at the Santa Fe Institute; Mr. John R. "Rick" Rockwell, with conservator Molly Gleeson, at the In the Artifact Lab: Conserving Egyptian Mummies ongoing project at the Penn Museum.


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