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Keith DeVries Mediterranean Section Keepership Endowed at Museum
July 15, 2008, Volume 55, No. 1



Dr. Richard Hodges, Williams Director, Penn Museum, announced a $1 million gift from an anonymous donor to endow the Mediterranean Section Keepership in memory of Dr. Keith DeVries, longtime associate curator of the Museum’s Mediterranean section and associate professor of Classical Studies at Penn. He died in July 2006 (Almanac September 5, 2006).

Like most major geographical “sections” at the Museum, the Mediterranean Section has a “Keeper”—a full-time staff person responsible for the care of and access to the 34,000 artifacts in Penn Museum’s ancient Mediterranean section collections. Lynn C. Makowsky, the section’s Keeper since 2000, is the Museum’s first Keith DeVries Keeper. Ms. Makowsky holds an MA in museum studies from San Francisco State University. For the past six seasons, she has been part of the staff at the joint Penn Museum/Southern Methodist University/Franklin and Marshall College Mugello Valley Archaeological Project and Poggio Colla Field School in Italy.

“Keith DeVries was a wonderful scholar, teacher, and field archaeologist,” noted Dr. Brian Rose, curator and deputy director. “All of us in the Mediterranean Section are delighted that he will be remembered in this very special way.”


Almanac - July 15, 2008, Volume 55, No. 1