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Deborah Tear Haynes '78
October 20, 2016
My freshman year I had the good fortune to take Astronomy 101 with Tony. From that point on I was hooked. I took every class Tony offered and I was a groupie on three of his January Plans: Yucatan, 1976; Mexico, 1977; and Guatemala and Honduras, 1978.
Tony’s January Plan trips were full of adventure and laughter. Tony devised contests to help keep culture shock in perspective. For example: “Who can find the first garapata (tick)?” On one trip, Tony found a garapata on Horst Hartung and Tony displayed the tiny black speck with great ceremony at dinner. Horst was convulsed with laughter. Another contest was: “Who can find the worst bathroom?” One time it was a shed where puppies were being born!
Tony was responsible for igniting my passion for the Maya. During my junior year I worked at the Foundation for Latin American Anthropological Research, Guatemala City, for a semester. As my advisor, Tony allowed me to design an independent course, The Evolution of Mayan Hieroglyphs, while I was off campus. My first job after graduating was working for the Proyecto Arqueológico Copan, Honduras. After returning to the States, I started working in the art world, first as an estate coordinator at Sotheby’s New York (1979–81) and then as the recorder in the registrar’s office at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (1981–85). Currently, I am the collections documentation manager and cataloguer at the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire (1986–present). Through Tony’s example, I am in a profession where I can learn something new about art and culture every day.
Tony, thanks so much for being my mentor, and for nurturing and supporting me! Byron and I cherish our time with you and Lorraine. Debbita