Dr. Meredith Lillich, 1953 Fulbright Student to Belgium, 1983 Fulbright Scholar to France
After graduating from Oberlin College with a degree in art history, Meredith Lillich was eager to travel to Europe to see in person the artwork that she had been studying. She applied for and won a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award to Belgium, which allowed her to study in Brussels for the 1953-54 academic year. During her Fulbright year, Dr. Lillich had an epiphany that led her to a career dedicated to following her passion for Medieval stained glass. After returning from Belgium, Dr. Lillich earned a Ph.D. from Columbia University and joined the faculty of Syracuse University in 1969. Dr. Lillich won another Fulbright in 1983, this time as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar to France. The second Fulbright had a similar transformative effect on her career, raising her stature as an expert on Medieval stained glass. Dr. Lillich dedicated her most recent book ("The Gothic Stained Glass of Reims Cathedral") to Senator J. William Fulbright. She is currently Professor Emerita at Syracuse University.