Chris Lutz, co-founder of MEF, author and historian, Cambridge, Massachusetts: 

All of us who attended the side meetings of the Guatemala Scholars Network (GSN) at Anthropology (AAA) and Latin American Studies Association (LASA) conferences in the 1980s and 1990s regularly saw Marilyn in action, leading our gatherings, inspiring us while, at the same time, keeping everybody focused. Before moving to western Maryland, Marilyn also dedicated lots of time, aside from her teaching, to working in Washington, D.C., often on Capitol Hill, to lobby for more enlightened policies that would promote peace with justice in Guatemala, especially for the Maya and other non-elites. 
          Marilyn never seemed too busy to take on yet another worthy cause. Beginning in the early 1990s as one of the co-founders of the Maya Educational Foundation, I saw first-hand how Marilyn’s energetic leadership capacity and keen insights inspired the MEF Board to create an effective Maya scholarship program. Marilyn served as our President for many years (2003-2012), until she wisely decided that the eleven hour car trip from Friendsville to Amherst, Massachusetts (where we met for some years after closing our Vermont office) was becoming too exhausting for her. 
          With James Loucky, Marilyn edited the book The Maya Diaspora (Temple University, 2000) and also greatly assisted and co-edited with Carol A. Smith Guatemalan Indians and the State: 1540-1988, published by the University of Texas Press in 1990. You only have to read Carol’s Preface to realize how much she appreciated Marilyn’s endless efforts to make it a more thoughtful and polished volume. 
          In writing one’s fond recollections of an old friend and colleague, especially as accomplished a person as Marilyn, it is all too easy to overlook or take for granted the less tangible but really more important aspects of her character and humanity. I will always lovingly remember Marilyn as somebody who had the warmest smile and a sparkle in her eyes, ever filled with kindness and wisdom but who brooked no nonsense! Words cannot express how much we will miss but at the same time always remember Marilyn.