WHITING PROFESSORSHIP IN ARCHAEOLOGY
Established in 2000 with funds from the estate of Dulany Whiting Balch in honor of the Whiting family

DULANY WHITING BALCH wished to give others the opportunity she did not have to pursue archaeological study and travel. Remembered as a remarkable woman by the numerous nieces, nephews, and offspring of acquaintances whose educations she financed, Mrs. Balch had a lifelong interest in archaeology and had hoped to participate in archaeological excavations. She gave up these plans to raise her deceased sister's child and, later, to help rear her grandnieces. Nevertheless, Mrs. Balch took courses in archaeology and a range of other subjects at Hopkins throughout her life--studying for many years under David M. Robinson, an early Hopkins professor of classical archaeology, and making trips to Egyptian archaeological sites when time permitted.

She saved for many years in order to make a substantial bequest to Hopkins in support of archaeological studies. At her death in 1988, Mrs. Balch's estate created an endowment for archaeological studies that later was directed to establish this professorship. Her estate also provided support for onsite archaeological studies, benefiting faculty and students from the Department of Classics and the Department of Near Eastern Studies.

 

Several other members of the WHITING FAMILY have provided generous support to Johns Hopkins. The G.W.C. Whiting School of Engineering is named in memory of Mrs. Balch's brother, George William Carlyle Whiting. Her sister-in-law, the late Margaret Whiting, provided funding for a professorship in civil engineering and made gifts to the School of Medicine and the hospital.

 

GLENN M. SCHWARTZ, the first Whiting Professor of Archaeology, is the leader of the team of Hopkins archaeologists that discovered, in the summer of 2000, an untouched elite tomb in what is thought to be the ruins of the ancient city of Tuba in Syria, one of the earliest urban civilizations in the world. Dr. Schwartz joined the Hopkins Department of Near Eastern Studies in 1986. His teaching and research interests include Near Eastern social and political history, archaeological method and theory, and the development, collapse, and regeneration of early complex societies. The author or co-author of five books and over 65 articles, in 2006 the University of Arizona Press published After Collapse: The Regeneration of Complex Societies, edited by Dr. Schwartz and John J. Nichols, A&S '04 (PhD).