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Dr. Marian Pettibone

NJMaciolek at aol.com NJMaciolek at aol.com
Mon Jan 5 17:56:29 EST 2004

Dear Annelidans, 

I was lucky enough to meet Dr. Marian several times, at the Smithsonian and in 
Denver Colorado at the symposium in her honor. I will always have two special 
memories of her.  

My first foray into benthic ecology and systematics was when I was living in 
Texas in the early 1970s.  When I wrote my first taxonomic description 
(Scoloplos texana), I sent a copy of the draft to Dr. Marian for comments  - - 
even though I had never met her, we had corresponded about some questions I 
had (days of maximum confusion about polychaetes!), so I imposed on her 
generosity to help me once again.  The manuscript was returned to me covered 
with more red ink than I had ever seen in my life!  I think she used up two 
whole pens in writing her criticisms!  My co-author was horrified and thought 
we should not go ahead with the paper, but I could see that hers was the best 
form of mentoring I would receive. I have always been grateful to her for that 
review because it made me more careful in presenting my work.  Many years 
later, I was honored that she asked me to review a few of her manuscripts.  

We shared a lunch or two and conversations at the Smithsonian during the 
1980s, but the one visit I recall the most fondly was when we left the worms 
to themselves for an hour and went off to one of the other museums in the 
complex for a look at a textile exhibit.  

I have been missing Marian since she moved back to Washington State, and today 
of course, more than ever.  

Regards to all,


Nancy J. Maciolek, Ph.D.
Benthic Ecology and Systematics/ENSR
Duxbury, Massachusetts 02332
e-mail: NJMaciolek at aol.com

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