Sunday, 4 January 2004
It is with sadness that I inform you that our highly esteemed colleague Dr.
Marian H. Pettibone is no longer with us.
As many of you know, after Dr. Pettibone left the Smithsonian, she went to the
state of Washington, where she joined her sister. She was also close to her
nephew Ned Swanson, who visited her regularly. It is from him that I received
the following note, air mailed on 30 December and received in Denmark on 3
Winter of 2003
Dear Friends & Colleagues of Marion Pettibone: Dr Marion Pettibone
passed away peacefully in her sleep on December 17, 2003, after a rather short
Please feel free to make a charitable donation to your favorite charity in
her memory. I also think Aunt Marion would like it if you did something
special for a friend, or someone in need.
Sincerely, NED SWANSON Ned Swanson
[629 W Lake Sammarmish Pkwy NE Bellevue, WA 98008-4226]
Dr. Pettibone accomplished a lot in her years at Smithsonian, and produced
over 75 publications, many of which were larger revisions of scaleworms and a
few other groups, one of which was her very welcome book on New England
Annelids, Part 1. Although she was always busy, she nonetheless always seemed
to be able to find time to help.
There is no doubt that Dr. Pettibone will be missed. As is especially apparent
today, classifications are constantly changing. However, the detailed
information in Dr. Pettibones many publications will remain and will make it
easier for future work even if one disagrees with her conclusions the
groundwork has been carefully done.
I am happy that I had a chance to get to know her.
Dr. Mary E. Petersen
Research Associate, Polychaeta
Zoological Museum, University of Copenhagen
Universitetsparken 15, DK-2100 Copenhagen Ø, Denmark
Tel +45-35 32 10 67 - Fax +45-35 32 10 10
E-mail: mepetersen at zmuc.ku.dk
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