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Family Establishes Middle East Studies Endowment to Honor Debbie Baltzly Aliber '48

February 17, 2017

 

The family of Debbie Baltzly Aliber ’48 honors her memory by establishing The Deborah Baltzly Aliber ’48 Endowment to Support the Study of the History and Culture. 

 

Debbie developed her passion for history and culture when she studied at Friends in the 1940s. Her father, Alexander Baltzly, taught history at New York University. Debbie continued her study of history at Smith College. Soon after the Alibers moved to Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood in 1965, she began to participate in various programs at the Oriental Institute (OI) of the University of Chicago. She loved her role as a docent in guiding thousands of school children through OI galleries and participated in many OI-sponsored trips to Egypt, Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Iraq and Iran. After the Alibers moved to Hanover, NH in 2003, Debbie took numerous courses on ancient and contemporary history at the Institute for Lifelong Education at Dartmouth College. Debbie attributed her fascination with history and culture to her education at Friends.

“Because Debbie attributed her fascination with history and culture to her education at Friends, we chose to create an endowment at Friends in her memory," Robert Aliber, Debbie's husband, said. "We want to honor her and perpetuate her support of the School which meant so much to her. We hope that this gift contributes to the education and passion of many generations of students.”  

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