News FAMILY OF JOHN KENNETH GALBRAITH DONATE PERSONAL LIBRARY TO MARLBORO COLLEGE
Marlboro, VT - (February 18, 2008) - Marlboro College announced the sons of renowned economist, John Kenneth Galbraith, and his wife, Catherine Atwater Galbraith, have donated their parents' library to the college.
The decision was made by Alan, James and Peter Galbraith after their mother passed away in October, 2008. Peter is currently a member of the Marlboro College board of trustees.
"My thought was that this library would have a greater impact on a smaller institution, such as Marlboro," said Peter Galbraith, who is a former U.S. Ambassador to Croatia and the author of the 2006 book, The End of Iraq: How American Incompetence Created a War Without End. "My parents had a home in Townshend, Vermont for sixty one years. It's a great way to honor the memory of my parents in a place they loved."
Marlboro College's library director James Fein says that in addition to many books authored by Galbraith himself, the 2,000 volume collection includes an extremely comprehensive collection of books on India. There are also a variety of books on contemporary issues from World War II to the present, Nineteenth century German and French literature, and many prized art books.
"It is an honor and a privilege to receive the collection of arguably the greatest economist of the twentieth century. There is no doubt this collection will be a destination for visitors who admired John Kenneth Galbraith's work and his influence in American history," said Fein.
The collection will be housed within Marlboro's Rice-Aron Library. An announcement about an official dedication ceremony will be made at a later date.
John Kenneth Galbraith served as an associate trustee of Marlboro College for 25 years. An author of 33 books, his New York Times obituary referred to him as "one of the most widely read authors in the history of economics" and called his 1958 book, The Affluent Society, "one of those rare works that forces a nation to re-examine its values."
Galbraith was born in Ontario, Canada in 1908 and moved to the United States to attend the University of California, Berkeley, where he obtained a doctorate in agricultural economics. In addition to being a Harvard professor, he was ambassador to India under President Kennedy and helped draft President Johnson's "Great Society" speech. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1946 by President Harry S. Truman and again in 2000 by President Bill Clinton. He passed away in 2006 at the age of 97.
Catherine Atwater Galbraith, an accomplished linguist and student of French and German literature was the author of India Now and Through Time and numerous articles on India and other subjects.
For more than 60 years, Marlboro College has offered undergraduate education in the liberal arts. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 300-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont. Marlboro College has also offered graduate degrees and certificate programs for working adults at the Marlboro College Graduate School, located in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont, since 1997.