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The article reviews retiring Smithsonian Secretary S. Dillon Ripley's career. Such topics as his new ideas, the role of research and the quadrangle are commented on by Ripley and the journalist.


Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001


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This article relates Ripley's impact in terms of general Smithsonian and public sentiment. Not a typical list of what he has built.

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The Torch (Newspaper)

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu


February 1984


  • Secretaries
  • Successful people
  • Retirement

Physical description

A Special Supplement to the Smithsonian Torch, pp. S1, S4

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