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curator , educator , egyptologist

Rita Evelyn Freed, curator, Egyptologist, educator. Ford Foundation fellow, Slater Foreign Study fellow; Trustee fellow and Durant scholar of Wellesley College; National Science Foundation research grantee.


Freed, Rita Evelyn was born on June 29, 1952 in Newark. Daughter of Samuel David and Gertrude (Houseman) Freed.


Bachelor in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, Biblical Studies, Wellesley College. Certified in museology, New York University. Master of Arts, New York University.

Doctor of Philosophy, New York University.


Exhibition assistant Egypt's minor arts Museum Fine Arts, Boston, 1978-1982, joint head department art of ancient world Ancient Egyptian, Nubian and Near Eastern Art Norma-Jean Calderwood Curator, since 1989. Curator Egyptian exhibition university gallery University Memphis, 1983, curator Egyptian antiquities, founding director, 1984-1989, associate professor department art, 1983-1989. Adjunct professor Wellesley College, since 1991.

Part-time research assistant department Egyptian and classical art Brooklyn Museum, 1976-1978. Researcher Egyptian department Metropolitan Museum Art, 1977-1978, lecturer department public education, 1978. Lecturer art Adelphi University, 1978-1979.

Member archaeological survey team Idalion Excavations, Dhali, Cyprus, 1973. Site supervisor excavation of Philistine temple, Tel Qasile, Tel Aviv, 1973. Field archaeologist expedition photographer Mendes Excavations, Eastern Delta, Egypt, 1977.

Small finds registrar Memphis Excavations, Mitrahineh, Egypt, 1988. Epigrapher Giza Mastabas Project, Egypt, 1989. Co-project director Boston-Penn Expedition, Bersheh, Egypt, 1990, Saqqara, Egypt, since 1992.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles and reviews to professional journals and books. Author exhibition catalogues.


United States trustee Schiff-Giorgini Foundation. Member Amarna Research Foundation. Member American Research Center in Egypt (board governors), Society for Study Egyptian Antiquities, Egypt Exploration Society, Egyptological Seminar, International Association Egyptologists (North America representative), International Council Museum (American representative), American Association Museum, Committee International Egyptology (former chairman), Phi Beta Kappa.


Samuel David Freed

Gertrude (Houseman) Freed