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S. Dillon Ripley Standing in Parlor, by Phillips, Charles, 1978, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, 78-18450-36A or SIA78-18450-36A.

February 1, 1964

S. Dillon Ripley takes office as the eighth Smithsonian Secretary and serves until 1984.  Ripley, an ornithologist, had been a professor of biology at Yale University and director of its Peabody Museum of Natural History.More

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