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Dr. Marian H. Pettibone

Petersen, Mary Elizabeth MEPetersen at zmuc.ku.dk
Sun Jan 4 21:31:14 EST 2004

Sunday, 4 January 2004

Dear Annelidans, 

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 

œWinter 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 
medical decline.”     

 “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. Pettibone’s 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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