Tribute to Mary Lindsay Elmendorf


Mary Lindsay Elmendorf


Ruby, South Carolina






James Calvin Lindsay


Jean McGregor


John Elmendorf/John Landgraf


Calvin Lindsay Elmendorf, Susan Elmendorf Roberts




PhD-Union Graduate School Anthropology Antioch 1972;
MA (Incomplete)-University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 1946-48;
MA equivalent-Public Administration and Social Work, UNC Chapel Hill 1941;
BA Psychology-UNC Chapel Hill 1937 Honors (Sima XI);
Queens College 1937-39 (transferred);
Certificate, School of Relief and Reconstruction, Haverford College, PA 1945;
Special student, Spanish and Art, Escuela de Bellas Artes, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico 1941-2;
St Pauls High School,1933(Valedictorian)




American Anthropological Association, Society for Applied Anthropology, Association for the Advancement of Science, AAUW, United Nations Association/USA, UNIFEM/Gulf Coast Chapter, Democratic Club



Nobel Peace Prize recipient of group award British and American Quakers for work during and after World War 11;
2007 PLACA- Lifetime Achievement Award "in recognition of special dedication to water and sanitation projects and for your outstanding achievements in the region and beyond";
2009 Brown University received Honorary Degree as Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa
"Pioneering and compassionate anthropologist, you have dedicated yourself to peace and justice. From the postwar prisons of France to impoverished villages in Latin America, you helped forge the field of Applied Anthropology. As Director of CARE in Mexico you designed a well-drilling system. You also studied the roles of Maya women, helping them fulfill their families basic needs..." May 24,2009;
1981 Praxis Award "For excellence in translating Anthropological Knowledge into Action". by Washington Association of Professional Anthropologists (WAPA);
1982 Margaret Mead Award "For applying principles of anthropology to the resolution of issues of contemporary human concern and influencing a concerned public outside of anthropology", first time presented by both the American Anthropological Association and the Society for Applied Anthropology, March;
1993 Distinguished Alumna Award "In recognition of outstanding contributions to mankind through the Field of Anthropology" University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill;
1996 Award presented "in recognition of outstanding public service in support of the United Nations" by the United Nations Association of the United States of America Sarasota-Manatee Chapter;
1996 Decorated by SULABH International Social Service Organization, New Delhi, India "for help in incorporating the important roles of women into the planning , execution, effective use and maintenance of appropriate technologies for excreta disposal". Additional expression of thanks for the donation of collection of articles, technical reports, etc for the library of The Museum of the Toilet;
1997 Outstanding Alumna Award, Queens College, as "Outstanding member of class of 1937", Charlotte, North Carolina


music and painting


Broke the glass ceiling for women- 1st woman Director of CARE country program, (1950-60 Mexico);
1st anthropologist hired by the World Bank "to demonstrate what anthropologists could offer to improve projects."(1975-77)

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