Two Prestigious Penn Museum Medals
Two prestigious Penn Museum medals—the Lucy Wharton Drexel Medal and the Marian Angell Godfrey Boyer Medal—were awarded to two members of the University of Pennsylvania’s 50th Reunion Class of 1964 at a special Museum dinner last month.
The Lucy Wharton Drexel Medal was presented to Jeremy A. Sabloff. The Marian Angell Godfrey Boyer Medal was awarded to John R. “Rick” Rockwell.
Established 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.” 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.
President of the Santa Fe Institute since 2009, Dr. 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. 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.
The Marian Angell Godfrey Boyer Medal was established in 1987 “to honor distinguished service by a Museum supporter to the institution.”
John R. “Rick” Rockwell, W’64, WG’66, 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.