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There are 13 comments on BU Mourns the Loss of Archaeology, Anthropology, and Gastronomy Professor Mary Beaudry

  1. I am so saddened to hear of Mary Beaudry’s death. She was a terrific scholar, and worked tirelessly to try to support her department and the gastronomy program. I loved her sense of humor, which she would use to leaven some challenging times. Untimely.

    1. Her humour and her exceptional honesty made a deep impression on me, most notably when she was working with and mentoring newer scholars and students.

  2. The faculty, students, and alumni of the American & New England Studies Program will miss Prof. Beaudry who was affiliated with the program for decades. Her mentoring and sense of humor encouraged many during their academic journeys. She enriched all of us.

  3. BU has lost a wonderful professor, Mary Beaudry. I am saddened at her passing but so very glad I got to work with Mary through our many years at CAS. My sympathies to her colleagues and students, past and present, in Archaeology and Anthropology.

  4. They broke the mold with Mary Beaudry. I know I share the sentiment of many when I say that I am deeply saddened by her sudden and untimely passing. She was a touchstone of many parts of my life: from an undergraduate student in anthropology and a work study student in the Stone Science Library in the early aughts, to a master’s student in the Gastronomy program and an employee at MET.

    One source of solace is the common refrain that her sense of humor was like none other. Drier than an oaked Cabernet, that one. Thank you, Mary, for the support, the scholarship, and the laughs.

  5. I am stunned to hear of Mary’s passing. Having been a graduate student with Mary at Brown, she was a close friend. She was one of Jim Deetz’s favorite “Killer Bees.” Our lives went in different directions over the years, but we always managed to keep in touch and share stories, both happy and sad. Mary made so many contributions to historical archaeology and I know she must have been a wonderful teacher. BU is so fortunate to have had her on its faculty for these past four decades, as I know she will be dearly missed by both her colleagues and her students.

  6. I am devastated to hear this news. I served on Professor Beaudry’s Ph.D. thesis committee at Brown University. The thesis was a brilliant piece of archaeological detective work dealing with an analysis of death inventories in colonial New England to reconstruct domestic living patterns in ways that no historical literature could ever have done. She went on to use her inspiration and imaginative analytic reasoning to forge a brilliant career, contributing tremendously to our knowledge in anthropology and archaeology in teaching, publication and community service. This is a great loss for all of us. She will be greatly missed by students and colleagues everywhere.

    1. So sad,
      As a graduante student I have been fortunate to share with Mary during my stay at BROWN.
      As a Professor at Ottawa University in Canada I recalled many times her research interests with my students.
      I offer my condolences to colleagues, parents and friends.
      Best regards,
      Lise Boily

  7. I am writing for my husband, Conrad McCall Goodwin, who died unexpectedly in April. He was one of Mary’s first PhD students and he and I were fortunate to attract Mary and several of her students to work with us on our several plantation studies in the Eastern Caribbean, most especially Galways plantation in Montserrat. Mary was everything people have claimed for her. She influenced our work greatly on multiple levels.

  8. I met Mary at the Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery several times over the past decade or so, and had the good fortune to sit near her on several occasions during lunch or dinner. She was always both interesting to listen to, and interested to hear from you, no matter what direction the conversation went.
    Best wishes to her from Ireland. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis

  9. I met Mary at the Oxford Food Symposium a few years ago and she made a lasting impression on me. I found her to be funny, wise and witty. She told me that she wished she was a little bit Irish. We had a good chat over dinner and over the few days in Oxford, it is sad that we wont meet again, but I wont forget her.
    Condolences to her family, friends and colleagues from Tipperary.
    Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

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