Richard Lerner

Richard Lerner, died on December 16, 2015. Lerner was a social anthropologist with a doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley.  He was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1939 and graduated from Stuyvesant High School. He came from a family of labor activists. His father was an organizer, writer and photo journalist for the […]

Sidney Wilfred Mintz

Sidney Wilfred Mintz, 93, the William L. Straus, Jr. Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University, died in Plainsboro, NJ, on December 27, 2015 from head injuries sustained in a fall.  Together with Richard Price, he founded the department at Johns Hopkins, where he taught from 1974 to 1997; they built an exceptional collective […]

Dana Raphael

Dana Raphael, medical anthropologist, writer and lecturer, who was best known for her global work in supportive behavior and breastfeeding, died at home in Fairfield, Connecticut of complications from congestive heart failure on February 2, 2016. Raphael is credited with identifying the supportive function played by family members and next of kin around young (lactating) […]

Suzanne Mattingly

Suzanne Mattingly passed away on December 15, 2015 at the age of 59. Suzanne had served as controller for the American Anthropological Association since 1989. She was responsible for much of the behind the scenes financial and facilities machinery that make the Association’s operations hum. She managed the Association’s accounting functions, prepared financial statements and […]

Fredrik Barth

Fredrik Barth, one of the great anthropologists and the premier ethnographer of our time, died on January 24, 2016, in Oslo, Norway. He was 87. He is survived by his wife, Unni Wikan, their son Kim, and by the children from his first marriage: Tom, Tanja, Jorgen and Elisabet. Barth was trained in paleontology, archeology […]

Terence Turner

Terence Sheldon Turner, 79, died peacefully in Ithaca, NY on November 7th, 2015. Among the most influential American anthropologists of his generation, Turner began fieldwork with the Kayapó Indians of Central Brazil in 1962. Turner’s early publications were grounded in structuralism and the analysis of social organization. He is better known, however, for expanding Marx’s […]

Susan Michelle Hicks

Susan Michelle Hicks was a vibrant member of the University of British Columbia community from 2005–2012. She tragically passed away after being hit by a car in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Friday, October 23, 2015, while riding her bicycle home from work. Susan completed her PhD in Cultural Anthropology at UBC in fall 2011, defending a […]

Eva Friedlander

Eva Friedlander, age 74, died suddenly at home on Dec. 24, after a prolonged struggle with ovarian cancer. Born in England to Holocaust refugees, Eva migrated to the US as a child with her parents. She attended Hunter College and received her Ph.D. in anthropology from Brown University. She conducted her dissertation research in West […]

Nancy Lynn Sullivan

Nancy Lynn Sullivan, 57, died in a one-car accident on July 16, 2015 en route to Vermont. Seriously hurt were adopted grandkids Pauly (10), JJ (8) and Floydy (5), and Skudy Bangan (43). The loss of a beloved sister, friend and “formidable voice against the exploitation of Papua New Guineans by large scale industrial and […]