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Calista Eliot Causey ’20

Calista Eliot Causey ’20, January 8, 2000, in Greenville, South Carolina. She received a BA in chemistry, and earned a PhD in bacteriology from Johns Hopkins University in 1925. For 15 years, she was on the staff in microbiology at Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene, where she taught, conducted research, and worked with public health laboratories in Maryland and New York during the summers. In 1940, she married Ottis Causey and spent the next 30 years working in Brazil in a variety of capacities. During World War II, she worked in the Institute of Inter-American Affairs as a microbiologist and teacher. In 1955, she and her husband established a virus research program in the Amazon region, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation. Ten years later, they moved to Nigeria to organize a similar laboratory at the University of Ibadan. They retired in 1970 and moved to the Blue Ridge Mountains of South Carolina. Her husband died in 1988. Survivors include several nieces and nephews, including Warner Eliot ’46 and Robert Eliot ’48.

Appeared in Reed magazine: May 2000

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