William Eagleton
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McGuire Gibson

My condolences to his wife and family. I first met Bill in Baghdad, when he reopened diplomatic relations with Iraq in the 1980s. He and I shared an interest in archaeology (my field) and, more important, in carpets. The Iraqi government allowed him to go up to the Kurdish area fairly often, where he would add to his collection. My somewhat dusty field team went up to Baghdad at his invitation to attend a party for a group of visiting Americans. When I arrived, he broke away from his guests and came over to show me his newest rug purchase, getting down on his knees to show the density of the knotting. Later, we saw one another in Washington and in Damascus, and at international carpet meetings. He contributed rugs, an essay and a talk for the first serious exhibition on Kurdish weaving, held at Northwestern University. A year or two later,he published his definitive book on Kurdish weavings. He was a great diplomat and scholar, and a genuine and thoroughly likable human being.
Tuesday February 15, 2011 at 1:00 am
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