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Lucy Shoe Meritt

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Lucy Shoe Meritt
Born(1906-08-07)August 7, 1906
DiedApril 13, 2003(2003-04-13) (aged 96)
EducationAmerican School of Classical Studies
Alma materBryn Mawr College (AB, MA, PhD)
SpouseBenjamin Dean Meritt
AwardsGold Medal Award for Distinguished Archaeological Achievement
Scientific career
FieldsClassical archaeology
InstitutionsMount Holyoke College
American School of Classical Studies in Athens
University of Texas at Austin

Lucy Taxis Shoe Meritt (August 7, 1906, in Camden, New JerseyAustin, Texas, April 13, 2003) was an American classical archaeologist and a scholar of Greek architectural ornamentation and mouldings.[1]


Born in Camden, New Jersey,[2] Lucy Shoe Meritt was the daughter of William Napoleon Shoe and Mary Esther Dunning Shoe. She studied at Bryn Mawr College (A.B. 1927, M.A. 1928, Ph.D. 1935). She continued her studies at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens from 1929 to 1934. From 1937 to 1950 Meritt taught at Mount Holyoke College. She was twice a fellow of the American Academy in Rome (1937 and 1950). She married Benjamin Dean Meritt at Princeton, New Jersey, on November 2, 1964.[3][4] She worked at the Roman site of Cosa and at Serra Orlando (Morgantina) in Sicily. She served as editor of publications for the American School of Classical Studies in Athens from 1950 until 1972. In 1972, with her husband, Benjamin Dean Meritt's appointment to a professorship at the University of Texas at Austin,[5] she moved to Austin, Texas, and was a visiting scholar at the University of Texas at Austin from 1973 until her death. Meritt received the Gold Medal Award for Distinguished Archaeological Achievement in 1977 from the Archaeological Institute of America.[6]

Lucy Taxis Shoe Meritt died in Austin, Texas, and was buried at Austin Memorial Park Cemetery.[7] The papers and scholarly archive of Lucy Shoe Meritt are preserved as a collection curated by the Alexander Architectural Archives, University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas at Austin.[8]



  1. ^ Marilyn Bailey Ogilvie; Joy Dorothy Harvey (2000). The Biographical Dictionary of Women in Science: L-Z. Taylor & Francis. pp. 885–. ISBN 978-0-415-92040-7.
  2. ^ Staff. A COMMUNITY OF SCHOLARS: The Institute for Advanced Study Faculty and Members 1930-1980, p. 289. Institute for Advanced Study, 1980. Accessed November 22, 2015. "Meritt, Lucy Shoe 48-49, 50-73 HS, Classical Archaeology Born 1906 Camden, NJ."
  3. ^ "Lucy Taxis Shoe Meritt Obituary (2003) Austin American-Statesman". Legacy.com.
  4. ^ "Dunning".
  5. ^ Homer A. Thompson. Benjamin Dean Meritt (March 31, 1899-July 7, 1989) Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, Vol. 135, No. 1 (Mar., 1991), pp. 110-115, p. 111
  6. ^ Gold Medal Award for Distinguished Archaeological Achievement http://www.archaeological.org/awards/goldmedal
  7. ^ https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/statesman/obituary.aspx?n=lucy-taxis-shoe-meritt&pid=1590446 Lucy Taxis Shoe Meritt
  8. ^ https://legacy.lib.utexas.edu/taro/utaaa/00031/aaa-00031.html Lucy Shoe Meritt collection
  9. ^ Lucy Taxis Shoe; Lucy Shoe Meritt (1936). Profiles of Greek Mouldings. Harvard University Press.
  10. ^ Lucy T. Shoe (1952). Profiles of Western Greek Mouldings: Text. American Academy in Rome. ISBN 9780271004600.
  11. ^ L. T. Shoe (June 1965). Etruscan and Republican Roman Mouldings. Pennsylvania State University Press. ISBN 978-0-271-00450-1.
  12. ^ Lucy T. Shoe Merritt; Ingrid E. M. Edlund-Berry (June 1, 2002). Etruscan and Republican Roman Mouldings. University of Texas Press. ISBN 978-0-292-75271-9.

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