Crennan M. Ray

Secretary, Board of Directors


Crennan Ray has been a staff member of the Epigraphic Survey of the Oriental Institute, University of Chicago, in Luxor, Egypt, since 1991. She is working with a conservator and the Director of the Survey to photograph, identify, conserve, and sort 2500 inscribed sandstone blocks that will be restored to the Luxor Temple walls where possible. She developed a plan for the recently-opened Luxor Temple Open-Air Museum, which was funded by the World Monuments Fund. This display features inscribed blocks that show the artistic and religious changes in dynastic art through the centuries. She also created a database to track and identify these blocks, worked in the survey library and photo archives, and helped create a long-range development plan for the survey.

Her professional experience includes the writing and editing of mathematics, reading, and other textbooks for a number of publishers, including Macmillan/McGraw Hill, Addison Wesley, and Holt Rinehart Winston.

She received her A.B. from Tufts University, magna cum laude, with a concentration in English literature, mathematics, and French. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

She is a member of the Visiting Committee of the Oriental Institute and the Advisory Council of the School of American Ballet. Other board experience includes the Rose Brooks Center for Abused Women and Children, the Kansas City Ballet, the Metropolitan Performing Arts Fund, and the Missouri Arts Council. 

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