Marian H. Pettibone

Edward Cutler ebcutler at earthlink.net
Mon Jan 5 16:29:07 EST 2004


Dear Colleagues,

Just a few comments from a non-polychaete worker on the person of Marian H. 
Pettibone. 

My first contact with her was in 1963 when I was in my Pogonophora stage. Some 
of these had shown up in some 19th century 'Albatross" samples of colonial 
hydrozoans & I was given access to these - the result being 2 new species.  
Especially during these early years as an apprentice, but also in subsequent 
decades after switching to Sipuncula, Marion was always a helpful and 
supportive presence.  It was always a nice treat to encounter her while 
prowling through the stacks. She had a gentleness and warmth that made me feel 
welcome in that imposing institutional setting. Our 'worm' community has lost 
a person who helped make our corner of biology a more human and better place - 
she will be missed.   

  Regards,

 Ed

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Edward B. Cutler, PhD
Professor Emeritus of Biology
Utica College of Syracuse University
  Currently - Museum Associate
Department of Invertebrate Zoology
Museum of Comparative Zoology
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA   02138   USA

Telephone: 617-738-0107
URL:www.mcz.harvard.edu/Departments/InvertZoo/cutler.htm

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