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The College of Arts & Sciences community mourns the loss of Mary Beaudry, beloved professor and renowned scholar of archaeology and anthropology. She taught at BU for forty years for both Arts & Sciences and occasionally the Metropolitan College’s Gastronomy Program. Her work spanned interest across the globe, from nearby New England to the Caribbean and United Kingdom.

Over her decades-long career, she explored the historical and industrial archaeology of the Americas and British Isles; of food and foodways; of historical households and landscape; and of comparative colonialism, along with gender and equity issues in her respective fields. This remarkable work led to many awards, including most recently the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for Advanced Study in 2016.

“There isn’t an archaeologist in the area who wasn’t a direct student of Mary’s,” former student Joe Bagley (CAS’06), the archaeologist for the city of Boston, said to BU Today.

Other former students and colleagues spoke about Mary, her legacy, and her life at BU Today, and you can read remembrances on the Archaeology Program and Department of Anthropology websites. Our heart goes out to her family, friends, and loved ones. She will be greatly missed. Memorial information will be posted when available.