1941 - 2017
Marjorie Venit died peacefully in her sleep on June 23, 2017 at Sibley Hospital in Washington DC after a long battle with cancer. She was born in Queens NY on May 5, 1941. After graduating from Music and Art High School in 1958, she studied art at the Cooper Union in Manhattan for three years and earned a BFA degree from the San Francisco School of Fine Arts in 1962. She then taught art for more than ten years at the junior high school level in Jamaica, Queens. In the mid-1970s, she entered a doctoral program at NYU's Institute of Fine Arts, and received her Ph.D. in Archaeology in 1982 from this institution. That same year, she joined the faculty of the Department of Art History & Archaeology at the University of Maryland in College Park, where she taught and did research until her retirement in 2014.
While at the University of Maryland, Marjorie served as Chair of her department, wrote three major books on Greek, Roman, and Egyptian art, authored numerous scholarly articles, and gave dozens of lectures at universities and other institutions in the United States and abroad. Her research was supported by many prestigious organizations over the years, and included a J.P. Getty Trust grant and a Fulbright-Hayes fellowship. She also won two UMD Students' Outstanding Teacher awards.
Marjorie was pre-deceased by her parents, Harry and Anne Venit, and survived by her brother Stewart Venit (and wife Corinne), her niece Tamara Venit-Shelton (and husband Cameron), her great niece and nephew, Evelyn and Damian Shelton, and by many loyal friends.
Published in New York Times from Jul. 4 to Jul. 5, 2017.