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Richard Lewis Aldrich (1897-1976) first taught at the University of Miami on October 1, 1947 as a lecturer in the Department of Art History, and was appointed Associate Professor the following year.
Prior to his appointment, Dr. Aldrich attended the University of Illinois, where he earned a Bachelor's degree. He attended Harvard University from 1921-23, and received a Master's degree from the University of Arizona in 1936. Aldrich completed his doctoral work in 1942 after five years of study at the University of Michigan. He then taught for brief periods at San Jose State College and Wesleyan College.
During his fifteen years at the University of Miami, Aldrich taught classes and organized a number of student trips for the summer semesters. Aldrich "an expert on Oriental, as well as pre- Columbia and Hispanic American cultures," conducted a University of Miami archaeological survey of the southwestern United States. This survey led to the establishment of the University's annual student workshops in Oaxaca, Mexico. Summer school sessions took University of Miami students to Mexico for studies in history, Spanish, archaeology, painting, and art history.