Mary Lindsay Elmendorf

April 13, 1917–September 15, 2017 Mary Lindsay Elmendorf passed away in Sarasota, Florida on September 15, 2017. Born 100 years ago in an era when married women stayed home, Elmendorf became a dedicated activist in promoting human rights and equal opportunity for all. These interests began in college and she vigorously pursued them throughout her […]

David Warwick Brokensha

May 23, 1923–June 15, 2017 David W. Brokensha, professor emeritus of anthropology and environment studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), died peacefully at home in Fish Hoek, South Africa, aged 94. He was an outstanding applied cultural anthropologist, an excellent and much beloved teacher and mentor, and an active correspondent and writer. […]

Lawrence H. Keeley

August 24, 1948–October 11, 2017 Lawrence H. Keeley passed away on October 11, 2017, after several years of poor health. Born in 1948, Keeley grew up in Cupertino, California. He earned a BA from San Jose State College in 1970. After MA work at University of Oregon (1970–72), Keeley moved to University of Oxford (Wadham […]

Geoffrey Ainsworth Harrison

June 9, 1927–September 14, 2017 Geoffrey Ainsworth Harrison passed away on September 14, 2017 in Oxford. While an undergraduate at Cambridge University, Geoffrey Harrison was broadly interested in natural sciences and forestry. However, he was attracted to anthropology by ideas on human evolution and a lecture that he attended on Australopithecus by the legendary South […]

Peter T. Suzuki

November 22, 1928–August 22, 2016 Peter T. Suzuki was born in Seattle, Washington, on November 22, 1928, and died in Omaha, Nebraska, on August 22, 2016. He held many degrees in anthropology, a BA (1951) and MA (1952) from Columbia University and a M Phil (1955) and PhD (1959) from Leiden University in the Netherlands, […]

Brian Vincent Street

October 24, 1943—June 21, 2017 Brian Vincent Street, professor emeritus at King’s College London and visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania, died on June 21, 2017. Street was known for his anthropological studies of literacy which transformed literacy theory and literacy education worldwide. Street grew up in Buckfastleigh, England, studied at Buckland College, followed […]

Charles Fredric Blake

September 3, 1942–April 19, 2017 Charles Fredric Blake passed away on April 19, 2017, in Honolulu. Born in El Paso, and raised in St. Louis, Blake was a cultural anthropologist specializing in China. After receiving his PhD from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Blake taught at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa from 1974 to […]

Takie Sugiyama Lebra

February 6, 1930–May 26, 2017 Takie Sugiyama Lebra died in Honolulu on May 26, 2017, following a lengthy illness. She was born on February 6, 1930, in a rural village in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. She attended Tsuda College in Tokyo (1951), Gakushuin University in Tokyo (BA, Political Science, 1954), and the University of Pittsburgh (MA, […]

Joanna Kirkpatrick

September 6, 1929–April 7, 2017 Joanna Kirkpatrick, emerita professor at Bennington College, passed away on April 7, 2017, of complications from rheumatoid arthritis. She died in Boise, Idaho, where she lived in retirement. A sociocultural anthropologist whose research focused on South Asia, her work ranged over medical anthropology and women’s studies, as well as folk art. […]

Joan E. Freeman

April 3, 1931–June 23, 2017 Joan Elizabeth Freeman, Wisconsin’s first state archaeologist and the long-time curator of anthropology at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, passed away peacefully June 23, 2017 following a series of strokes. Freeman was born in Madison on April 3, 1931, and grew up in Milwaukee. Her mother instructed English at […]