Phyllis Ann Drinkwater, M.A. in Physio-Cultural Anthropology with
Honors, and a Diploma with Distinction in Palaeo-Xerography, Colchester
University, has been
working closely with John Edward Terrell, Regenstein Curator of Pacific Anthropology, since the early 1970s when he joined the
staff of the Field Museum of Natural History as Assistant Curator of Oceanic Archaeology & Ethnology—a fine old curatorial title that can trace its pedigree back to the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 and Harvard Professor F. W. Putnam.
Ms Drinkwater is an avid photographer, and collects deep and lasting
impressions of people, places, and most especially friends.
She used to type most of Dr. Terrell’s manuscripts, but now that computers have come along and he doesn’t mind making the same mistakes over and over again, he handles most of his own typing and correspondence himself, leaving Phyllis free to help around the office.
In spite of rumors to the contrary, she says she has never ever collected stamps from the Gilbert Islands or New Hebrides, and besides, she notes, both places now have new and better names.