|Birth: ||Aug. 28, 1887|
New Hampshire, USA
|Death: ||Jan. 19, 1968|
Los Angeles County
Retired UCLA Head Librarian; Author; Granddaughter of Sgt. Amos Humiston of Gettysburg fame; Aunt of noted archaeologist-astronomer David Humiston Kelley.
A native of Jaffrey, New Hampshire, Alice M. Humiston was the eldest of six children born to Dr. Franklin G. Humiston and his wife, the former Carrie Relief Tarbell. In 1912 she received a BS Degree in Library Science from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts, and was initially employed as a cataloguer at Dartmouth College, her father's alma mater. She went on to become a member of the original staff at the UCLA Library, and had authored a history of its Catalogue Department, the division she headed prior to her retirement. As a single, educated, professional woman, Miss Humiston was exceptional among her generation, and had come from a family who were often at the forefront of American history. Though best known as a Civil War figure, her grandfather, Amos, had earlier spent three years at sea on a New Bedford whaler, and her grandmother, Philinda, had briefly been married to a cousin of the famed Mormon, Joseph Smith. Miss Humiston's father and his siblings Alice and Fred were the children in the iconic Gettysburg ambrotype, and she herself influenced the illustrious career of her nephew, archaeo-astronomer David Humiston Kelley, providing him with the book which inspired his interest in ancient civilizations. (Kelley, a professor emeritus at the University of Calgary, helped crack the Mayan code and is the author of numerous books in his field.) Miss Humiston died at age 80 in 1967, was interred in the same plot as her aunt and namesake, Alice E. Humiston, who had died under tragic circumstances in 1933.
Franklin Goodwin Humiston (1855 - 1912)
Carrie Relief Tarbell Humiston (1860 - 1945)
Grand View Memorial Park
Los Angeles County
Plot: Section K-A, Tier 7, Grave 64
Maintained by: Nikita Barlow
Originally Created by: GVMP Vols
Record added: Feb 03, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 47535872