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The Live Creature - Winter 2013

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Hattula Moholy-Nagy '51 A Community of Learners: Alumni Photo by Abe Aronow Hattula Moholy-Nagy has focused much of her post-Parker life on archaeology and art. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 1955 with a B.A. in history, then earned an M.A. in anthropology from the University of Chicago in 1958. For many years thereafter she worked as an archaeologist associated with the University of Pennsylvania Museum, spending considerable time in Guatemala. In 1994 she received a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Michigan. For the past 40-plus years, she has devoted much time, energy and passion to researching the life and work of her late father, the esteemed artist László Moholy-Nagy (1895–1946). She had two sons, Andreas Laszlo and Daniel Claude Hug, while married to Swiss architect Hans-Ruedi Hug. She has been married to Roger Schneggenburger for 25 years and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Where did you go to school after leaving Parker? I didn't actually graduate from Parker. In 1949 we moved to San Francisco, and I finished high school at James Russell Lowell High School. Lowell was an excellent school, but I attended for only a year and a half. My attachment to Parker has always been much stronger, undoubtedly due to the eight years I spent there, and I enjoy the contacts I still have with my former Parker classmates. Like most Lowell graduates, I started college at the University of California in Berkeley in January 1951. But that summer my mother moved to New York City, so after a year at Fordham University's lower Manhattan School of Education, I finished my undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Where did life take you after college? After receiving my M.A., I was able to make a career as an archaeologist, and I have been indeed fortunate to be able to earn a living doing work I love. I first worked and lived for a year in northern Mexico at the site of Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, where I was in charge of the field laboratory. Then I joined the Tikal Project of the University of Pennsylvania Museum (now the Penn Museum), which was excavating the ancient Maya site of Tikal, Guatemala. I was in charge of the field lab, where excavated materials were brought for cleaning, repair, examination, cataloguing and photography. I worked at Tikal for five field seasons, until 1964. It was a wonderful job because I got to see everything. I have published three reports with the Penn Museum on my work at Tikal, as well as numerous articles in professional journals. I am still affiliated with the

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