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William Meade Stith Rasmussen

William Meade Stith Rasmussen, American curator, historian. Recipient Excellence award, Society Architectural Historians, 1993; grantee, National Endowment Humanities, 2006.


  • Rasmussen, William Meade Stith was born on February 23, 1946 in Richmond, Virginia, United States. Son of John Curtis and Dena Lee Rasmussen.

  • Education

    • Bachelor in American History, Washington & Lee University, Lexington, Virginia, 1964—1968. Master of Arts in Art History, University Delaware, Newark, 1972—1975. Doctor of Philosophy in Art History, University Delaware, Newark, 1975—1980.


    • Teacher Virginia Museum Fine Arts, Richmond, 1977—1981. Professor Washington & Lee University, 1981—1982. Curator Virginia History Society, Richmond, since 1991, Va.Mus.

      Fine Arts, Richmond, 1982—1991. Curator Virginia History Society, Richmond, Virginia, since 1991.


    • George Washington: The Man behind the Myths
    • TWO HUNDRED YEARS after Henry "Lighthorse Harry" Lee's funeral oration for George Washington, the eloquence of his words "first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen" has caused most Americans to forget the clause that followed in which Lee located Washington's character firmly in his private life.
    • Lost Virginia: Vanished Architecture of the Old Dominion
    • Illustrated here are handsome mansions, imposing courthouses, towering churches, giant flour mills, extravagant hotels, wooden grist mills, covered bridges, and humble cottages and outbuildings -- more than 300 structures lost to fire or demolition.


    • Married Maria Payne Rasmussen, August 8, 2003. Children: Drury Alexander Stith, Marc Emerson Townes, Elizabeth Maria Joynes, Alexandra Mercedes Joynes.
    • father: John Curtis
    • mother: Dena Lee Rasmussen
    • spouse: Maria Payne Rasmussen
    • children: Drury Alexander Stith Rasmussen
    • Marc Emerson Townes Rasmussen
    • Elizabeth Maria Joynes Rasmussen
    • Alexandra Mercedes Joynes Rasmussen
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    Born February 23, 1946
    (age 70)
    • 1977 - 1981
      Teacher, Virginia Museum Fine Arts
      Richmond, Virginia, United States
    • 1981 - 1982
      professor, Washington & Lee University
    • 1982 - 1991
      curator Virginia History Society
      Richmond, Virginia, United States
    • 1991
      curator Virginia History Society
      Richmond, Virginia, United States