07MAY 2007, PHILADELPHIA, PA—-Dr. Andrea Baldeck became the latest recipient of the Angell Medal—-so named in honor of Marian Angell Godfrey Boyer—established by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology to honor distinguished service to Penn Museum by a Museum supporter. Dr. Jeremy A. Sabloff, Interim Director of the University of Pennsylvania Museum, surprised Ms. Baldeck, an active, long-time Penn Museum member of the Board of Overseers and Penn Museum benefactor, with the award at the May 3rd Board Meeting.
“Over these years, Andrea, you have shared with us your time, your wisdom and your strength of character,” said Dr. Sabloff. “We can never thank you appropriately, but please accept this award—the Angell Medal—in honor of your distinguished service to the Museum.”
Dr. Baldeck is a much-exhibited photographer, and author/photographer of several books, including The Heart of Haiti, 1996, and second edition, 2006, Talismanic, 1998, Venice a personal View, 1999, Touching the Mekong, 2003, and Closely Observed, 2006. Dr. Sabloff noted, “Photographer extraordinaire and world traveler, Andrea shares the world with us through the lens of her camera. Her extraordinary publications of black and white photography and the accompanying Museum exhibits of her work are well known, not only to us, but to audiences throughout the world.”
Initially appointed to the Museum’s Board of Overseers in 1991, Dr. Baldeck, who received her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1979, has served on the Museum’s Executive Committee, Outreach/Public Programs Committee, Repatriation Committee, and as Chair of the Nominating Committee. In addition to her service with Penn Museum, Dr. Baldeck is also a Trustee of Vassar College and a Director of the Settlement Music School.
Marian Angell Godfrey Boyer (1892-1989), for whom the medal was named, was a long-time supporter of the Museum, one of the founding members of the Museum’s Women’s Committee, and Acting Director of the Museum in 1946 and 1947.
Established in the Museum’s Centennial year of 1986-87, the Angell Medal was first awarded in 1987 to Robert L. Trescher, Esq., Founding Chairman of the Museum’s Board of Overseers. Other past award recipients have been the all-volunteer Women’s Committee (1989); volunteer John Hastings (1994); A. Bruce Mainwaring, former Chairman of the Board of Overseers (1996); Susan Catherwood, former Chairman of the Board of Overseers (1997); Sara Senior, former Chairman of the Board of Overseers (1999); Josephine A. Hueber; Dr. Charles K. Williams, II (2001); Annette Merle-Smith (2003),:and most recently, John C. Hover, II, former Chairman of the Board of Overseers (2005).
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