Louana M. Lackey, 79, ceramics historian, archaeologist

December 16, 2005

Louana M. Lackey, a ceramics historian and archaeologist, died of cancer Dec. 9 at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The Charles Village resident was 79.

Born Louana Mae Engelhart in Champaign, Ill., she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and a doctorate from American University in Washington.

Dr. Lackey researched potters in Central America, Spain and Italy, and wrote about the work of contemporary ceramic artists. Her scholarly articles appeared in American Antiquity, American Ceramics, British Archaeological Reports, Ceramics Monthly and Journal of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts.

She was the author of The Pottery of AcatlM-an: A Changing Mexican Tradition and a biography of ceramic artist Rudy Autio.

She was a past president of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts.

She was the membership secretary of the Charles Village Civic Association.

At her death, she was a research scholar in ceramics at the Maryland Institute College of Art where a celebration of her life will be held at 3 p.m. Jan. 15.

Her husband, Dr. Michael Salovesh, a retired anthropologist, died Dec. 7 of melanoma at Gilchrist Center.

Survivors include four daughters, Gwyneth Eldred Lackey of Washburn, Wis., Cora Lackey Carmody of Carlsbad, Calif., Martha Gatewood Bell of Baltimore and Eleanor Roberts Tessier of Milford N.J.; a brother, Dr. Thomas Church of Chicago; and 11 grandchildren. Her first husband, Melvin Willard Lackey, died in 1987.

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