Thursday, September 24, 2009

James Christie Shields '49

It is with sadness that we report that James Christie Shields, namesake of the James Christie Shields Collection of Art and Antiquities at Monmouth College, has passed away. Shields, 83, died on September 20, 2009, at Riddle Hospital in Media, Pennsylvania.

He earned his B.S. from Monmouth College in 1949, after serving as a hospital corpsman with the U.S. Marine Third Division in the Pacific Theater in World War II. He went on to teach at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu, Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont, and in the English Department of Collegiate School in New York City. In 1988, he returned to Monmouth College where he was conferred with the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters for his distinguished career as a teacher.

After his retirement, he spent his time studying and writing in the field of Egyptology. The James Christie Shields Collection of Art and Artiquities is currently house in Hewes Library. Mary Phillips, Curator of College Art Collections, mangages the collection and rotates exhibits in Gallery 203, which is located on the Upper Level.

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