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academic administrator , art professor

Frances Daly Fergusson, American art professor, former academic administrator. Recipient Founder's award, Society Architectural Historians, 1973, Eleanor Roosevelt at Val-Kill medal, 1998, Centennial medal, Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, 1999, Alumni award, Wellesley College, 2001; fellow Radcliffe Institute, 1974-1975, American Academy Arts & Sciences, 2002, National Endowment for the Humanities.


Fergusson, Frances Daly was born on October 3, 1944 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. Daughter of Francis Joseph and Alice (Storrow) Daly.


Bachelor in Art History, Wellesley College, 1965. Master of Arts in Art History, Harvard University, 1966. Doctor of Philosophy in Art History, Harvard University, 1973.

Doctor of Letters, University Hartford, 2000. Doctor of Letters, University London, 2001. Doctor of Letters, Bard College, 2006.


Assistant professor art Newton College, Massachusetts, 1969—1975. Associate professor art University Massachusetts, Boston, 1974—1982, assistant chancellor, 1980—1982. Provost, vice president academy affairs, professor art Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, 1982—1986.

President Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York, 1986—2006, president emeritus, since 2006, professor art, since 2006. Board directors Household Bank Bank United States of America, 1990—2008, CH Energy Inc., 1993—2002, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Inc., since 2005, Mattel, Inc., since 2006, Pfizer Inc., since 2009. Trustee Mayo Foundation, 1988—2002, chairman, 1998—2002.

Trustee Ford Foundation, 1989—2001, History Hudson, 1990—1999. Board overseers Harvard University, 2002—2008.


Board overseers Harvard University, since 2002. Board directors Noguchi Foundation, since 2004, Foreign Policy Association, since 2003, Foundation Contemporary Arts, since 2006, National Humanities Center, since 2006, Second Stage Theater, since 2006. Trustee Jean Paul Getty Trust, since 2007.


  • Other Interests

    Avocation: piano.


Francis Joseph Daly

Alice (Storrow) Daly