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PARSHALL NAMED TO GOODSELL CHAIR IN ART HISTORYPeter Parshall was recently named Reed College's first Jane Neuberger Goodsell Professor of Art History. The chair, which was created in order to enhance the teaching of art history as a humanistic discipline, was made possible by a 1990 gift by Portland philanthropists and long-time Reed supporters Edward and Sue Cooley and John and Betty Gray.
Parshall is the author of numerous books and articles, including The Renaissance Print: 1470 1550 (1994, Yale University Press), co-written with David Landau. The book, which was lauded by the New York Times as a "daringly conceived and magnificently produced book that should stand for many years to come," received the 1995 Jan Mitchell Prize for best art history book in the English language and was cited in Apollo Magazine as book of the year. In the preface to The Renaissance Print, Parshall wrote, "In a myriad of essential if often intangible ways this book is indebted to several generations of Reed College students who have shown themselves ready to engage those perennial problems that make the history of art such a pleasurable and practicing discipline."
Parshall's other works include the 1986 Art and the Reformation: an Annotated Bibliography, which he co-wrote with Linda Parshall, and numerous articles for national publications. Parshall's many awards include a 1995-96 Andrew Mellon Fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the 1992 Burlington Northern Award for teaching and scholarship, and a 1982-83 National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship. In addition to his activities at Reed, Parshall serves on the editorial board of the Art Bulletin. A member of the Reed faculty since 1971, Parshall received his B.A. from the University of Redlands and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.
Jane Neuberger Goodsell '42, for whom the chair is named, was the award-winning author of several books for children and a nationally syndicated columnist. Goodsell majored in English literature at Reed and began her writing career as she was raising three daughters. In addition to her column "From Soup to Nonsense," which was syndicated in the national labor press, Goodsell published her first children's book, Katie's Magic Glasses, in 1965. Her later books include Toby's Toe, Not a Good Word About Anybody, and three biographies for children of Eleanor Roosevelt, the Mayo brothers, and Hawaii senator Daniel Inouye. The latter won an award from the National Council for Social Studies. Portland attorney and former Reed trustee Brian Booth called Goodsell "a warm, wise, witty, and very talented lady. She had read every book, seen every play, could quote every great New Yorker wit, and could compose memorable light verse on any special occasion." Goodsell died of cancer at her Portland home in September 1988.