Portrait honors Mary Miller’s tenure as Yale College dean

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Pictured at the April 5 unveiling are (from left) Peter Salovey, Mary Miller, and Gerald P. York. (Photo by Michael Marsland)

A portrait of former Yale College Dean Mary Miller ’81 Ph.D. was installed in the Faculty Room of Connecticut Hall on April 12, taking its place alongside images of seven individuals who once held that post.

Miller, who served as dean 2008–2014, is Sterling Professor of the History of Art and senior director of the Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage at Yale’s West Campus. She is a specialist on art of the ancient Americas.

Gerald P. York ’81 painted the oil portrait, which sits in a gold-leaf frame. The portrait was officially unveiled on April 5 at a ceremony in the Presidents Room of Woolsey Hall.

The portrait now hangs in the Faculty Room of Connecticut Hall.

“Mary led Yale College with dedication and wisdom during a time of enormous change, and she worked tirelessly to address the academic, residential, and social aspects of the college,” said President Peter Salovey. “In addition to being an outstanding leader of Yale College and educator, she is a magnificent scholar who has left her mark in studies of the ancient New World and has earned the highest honors in her field.”

The portrait project was funded by John Wellemeyer ’59 and the William (’56) & Lia G. Poorvu Family Foundation.

Also on display in the Faculty Room of Connecticut Hall are portraits of Yale College deans Richard Brodhead (1993-2004), Donald Kagan (1989-1992), Sidney Altman (1985-1988), Howard Lamar (1979-1985), Horace D. Taft (1971-1981), Georges May (1968-1969), and William Clyde DeVane (1938-1963).

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