17 MAY 2007, PHILADELPHIA, PA—-Susan W. Catherwood was named Penn Museum’s “Volunteer of the Year” for 2007. Dr. Jeremy A. Sabloff, Interim Director of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, announced the award at the Museum’s annual Volunteer Luncheon on April 23rd.
“Susan Catherwood is a wonderful champion of Penn Museum, and a tireless volunteer who continues to contribute her time and talents to furthering the Museum’s outreach, research and educational mission,” noted Dr. Sabloff. “Museum volunteers are at the backbone of what this unique Penn cultural institution is and does, and Susan exemplifies the intelligence and dedication that make our volunteers—-more than 250 of them working in all areas of the Museum—-so valuable.”
Past Chair of Penn Museum’s all-volunteer Board of Overseers (1982-1991) and past Chair of the all-volunteer Women’s Committee (1979-1982), Mrs. Catherwood was the recipient, in 1997, of the “Angell” medal—-the Marian Angell Godfrey Boyer Medal, established by the Museum to honor distinguished service to the Museum by a Museum supporter. She is active as both an emerita member of the Board of Overseers, and a member of the Women’s Committee. She is co-chair of the successful program, organized by the Museum’s Women’s Committee, "Treasures...From the Silk Road to the Santa Fe Trail" Show & Sale, now in its third year.
In addition to her extensive service with Penn Museum, Mrs. Catherwood is a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania, where she was Vice-Chair from 1982 to 2000. She serves on the Board of the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Glenmede Trust Co. NA. Recipient of the MCP/Gimbel Award (1994) and the Citizen Volunteer of the Year Award from the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania (1994-1995), Mrs. Catherwood was honored by the Honorable Tom Ridge, then Governor of Pennsylvania, and his wife, First Lady Michelle M. Ridge, as a “Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania” for outstanding achievement in the Philadelphia Community, in 1995.
Awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degree by Philadelphia University in 1996, Mrs. Catherwood is a graduate of Stanford University with a degree in History and Political Science.
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