Meribeth E. Cameron

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Meribeth E. Cameron
14th President of
Mount Holyoke College (Acting)
In office
1968–1969
Preceded byRichard Glenn Gettell
Succeeded byDavid Truman
Personal details
BornMay 22, 1905
Ingersoll, Ontario
DiedJuly 12, 1997(1997-07-12) (aged 92)
South Hadley, Massachusetts
Alma materStanford University
Radcliffe College
ProfessionProfessor

Meribeth Elliott Cameron (May 22, 1905 in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada – July 12, 1997 in Holyoke, Massachusetts)[1] was an American historian of China and academic who served as the 14th (Acting) President of Mount Holyoke College from 1968-1969.

She was a professor of Chinese History at Mount Holyoke from 1948-1970, she served as Dean and briefly as Acting President in 1954 (during the period of President Ham) and 1966 (during the period of President Gettell).[2]

Academic training and career[edit]

Cameron graduated from Santa Monica High School in Santa Monica, California in 1921 and was awarded a B.A. from Stanford University in 1925 and an M.A. in 1926. While at Stanford she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and studied the history of East Asia, she took a M.A. degree in history at Radcliffe College in 1927, then returned to Stanford to finish her dissertation, "The Reform Movement in China, 1898-1912," for which she was awarded a Ph.D. in History and Political Science in 1928.[2]

She then taught at Reed College (1928-1934), Flora Stone Mather College of Western Reserve University (1934-1937), she was Dean of the College and Professor of history at Milwaukee-Downer College (1941-1948), and in 1948 Academic Dean and Professor of history at Mount Holyoke College, where she remained until she retired in 1970.[2]

During these years she was a productive historian of China, she was one of the founding editors of Far Eastern Quarterly (later called The Journal of Asian Studies), of which she was book review editor 1941-1951. She contributed to the basic reference for Qing dynasty history, Eminent Chinese of the Ch'ing Period (1943). Among her journal articles and books were The Reform Movement in China, 1898-1912 and a co-authored book, China, Japan and the Powers.[2]

Major works[edit]

  • ——— (1926). The Shantung Negotiations at the Versailles, Washington, an Peking Conferences. History (Master's thesis). Stanford University.
  • ——— (1931). The Reform Movement in China 1893-1912. Stanford, London: Stanford University Press.

——— (1950). The United States and Eastern Asia, a Study Guide. Washington: American Association of University Women.

  • ——— (1952). China, Japan and the Powers. New York,: Ronald Press.

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