Marjorie Susan Venit
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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.

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Published in New York Times from Jul. 4 to Jul. 5, 2017.
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August 21, 2017
Marjorie (Margie) and I met as camp counselors in New Hampshire fifty years ago. Although after a few years there were long periods during which we had little contact, a strong connection remained, and I like to think we picked up our friendship without difficulty, whenever we saw each other. I remember long, humor-filled conversations on many subjects. She was so well-read, and she seemed passionate and often even entertained by what she observed in life. I treasure our most recent visits, in DC and in NY. She was important in my life. I miss her.
Monica Fischbach
July 24, 2017
A more thoughtful, open, and, yes, warm, cheerleader for students I could not imagine. Marjorie thrilled at imparting her best teaching tricks and, more importantly, learning from the wisdom of fellow teachers-becoming - graduate students in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at UMD. She was the best!

Beyond her brilliance inside and about the classroom, Marjorie was also a fierce intellectual, stirred by the passions of activism, and leavened throughout with generous humour. A good friend.

Long live her memory!

Quint Gregory
July 13, 2017
I am grateful to Dr. Venit for being a powerfully influential professor of my graduate program. My deepest condolences to her friends and family.
Billie Follensbee
July 13, 2017
I took Dr. Venit's classes twice, first as a fresh MA student in 2001 and then as a PhD student in 2004. The second course I took with her on sexuality in classical art was the best and the most unforgettable class I had in my life, I was probably the only student in her class that had little knowledge of classical art and archaeology, but she was so encouraging and supportive, and provided tremendous help with my research papers and presentations. As a new international student in the program at that time, I was shy to talk in the class and tended to ask her questions (some of them were quite basic) via email. She always answered my emails with great patience and enthusiasm. When I decided to switch to library science after completing my PhD coursework in 2005, she generously wrote recommendation letters for me. Whenever I met her on campus, she always gave me a big smile. It was just like yesterday! I will always remember her encouragement, support and help with gratitude. Farewell, Dr. Venit!
Tang Li
July 13, 2017
Dr. Venit sat on my dissertation committee. She was so thoughtful, discerning, helpful and smart. I will always remember with gratitude her efforts on my behalf. Farewell Dr. Venit.
Dena Crosson
July 12, 2017
Marjorie cared deeply about friends, colleagues, students, the world--and we care deeply about her. I am sad....
June Hargrove
July 12, 2017
I'm so sorry for your loss. I really appreciated Marjorie's honesty and sense of humor. She was a great teacher and mentor. She will be missed.
Brandy Robertson Naughton
July 11, 2017
May you rest in peace dear professor, mentor, advisor, friend. Thanks to you I fulfilled a dream. You will always be in my heart.
Paula Martino
July 10, 2017
I was Marjorie's PT at Sibley hospital. I visited her in the ER on June 22 , and we spoke for an hour. I teased her about missing her PT appointment....and though ill she was still funny and courageous. I left her with tbe intent of visiting her the next day.....and was saddened by her passing. I will always remember her!
My condolences to her family and close friends.
Floris Baynes-Nedd PT.
July 7, 2017
Farewell, Marjorie! You are missed but always remembered, dear friend in Greece....
John C. Lavezzi
July 6, 2017
Marjorie Venit was a friend. She was full of life and generous and abundantly joyous. She was the Director of SSI the same summer that I was leading SSII (1995). She would leave me notes to tell me what the situation was at the sites I planned to visit. A dear, dear woman.
July 6, 2017
It brings back so many memories to hear
About your sister. She will always be one of the "big kids" who I admired so.
My condolences.
Laurie Grayson Tebbenkamp
July 5, 2017
We are so sorry about Marjorie
Lee Gordon
July 5, 2017
We will miss Marjorie's wit, humor and warmth. We are so sorry for your loss and ours. All the Reshotkos, Venits and Angers.
July 5, 2017
My condolences for your loss. May the God of comfort, help you in your time of sorrow. Jesus ransom has made it possible to see Marjorie again in God's new world. What a delight!
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