January 18, 2019
It is with the deepest sadness that I report on the passing of Barbara Tsakirgis three years after a diagnosis of ALS. On the faculty at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN for 34 years, Barbara served the profession throughout her life, making substantial contributions to the AIA. She was an officer of the local society and long-time lecturer for the Lecture Program, and the Joukowsky Lecturer in 2008-09; a leader of AIA tours to the Mediterranean and Middle East; and a member of the AIA Governing Board and numerous major committees. Barbara’s lifetime of service to the AIA was recognized in 2017, when she received the Martha and Artemis Joukowsky Distinguished Service Award. She was a warm and caring person who will be missed by us all. We include here the citation that accompanied the Joukowsky Distinguished Service Award, and Barbara’s response, and we extend to her family our condolences on their loss.
President, Archaeological Institute of America