Roy D’Andrade

Roy D’Andrade, cultural anthropologist and a founder of cognitive anthropology, died on October 20, 2016. He was emeritus professor at the University of California, San Diego and the University of Connecticut. D’Andrade’s work is notable for disciplinary and sub-disciplinary boundary crossing. He was an omnivorous social scientist whose work combined scientific rigor with deep thinking […]

Christopher Jones

Christopher Jones passed away on September 3, 2015. Jones was the second of four sons born to Marian Ginn Jones and William Powell Jones of Gates Mills, Ohio. He earned a BA in English literature at Harvard College, and an MA (1963) and PhD (1969) in anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. In Philadelphia Chris […]

Laura W. R. Appell

Laura W. R. Appell, cofounder of the Anthropologists Fund for Urgent Anthropology Research, cofounder of The Firebird Foundation for Anthropological Research, and Fellow of the Borneo Research Council, died unexpectedly on October 2, 2015 at the age of 83. After graduating from McGill University Appell worked at Harvard’s Peabody Museum where her grandfather, Edward Reynolds, […]

Sandra Lynn Morgen

Sandra Lynn Morgen died on September 27, 2016 of ovarian cancer. She was born on March 31, 1950 to Dr. Robert O. Morgen and Sadye Block Morgen in Cleveland, Ohio, and spent the most of her childhood in Montreal, Canada and Houston, Texas. Sandi Morgen inhabited her life passionately, and—during her life with cancer—with exquisite […]

Elaine Rosa Salo

Elaine Rosa Salo passed away on August 13, 2016 in Delaware, Newark, at the age of 54. Born in 1962 in Kimberly, South Africa, Salo was a leading African feminist scholar activist whose powerful analyses showed how motherhood practices and personhood more generally in peripheral places provided ways to shape life opportunities. She taught at […]

Marianne Stoller

Marianne Stoller, cultural anthropologist, ethnohistorian and archaeologist of the American Southwest, passed away on December 13, 2015, in Colorado Springs. Stoller was a founding member and impactful teacher in the Anthropology Department at Colorado College, where she taught for 29 years, and also cofounded the Southwest Studies program, the first regional interdisciplinary program in the […]

Paul W. Friedrich

Paul W. Friedrich, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, Linguistics and Social Thought at the University of Chicago, succumbed to numerous debilitating illnesses on 11 August 2016, leaving to posterity one of the most extraordinary and varied of language-focused oeuvres, fashioned over some 60 years of professional life. He describes himself in his own words on his […]

Douglas W. Schwartz

Douglas W. Schwartz, President Emeritus of the School for Advanced Research (formerly the School of American Research), died in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on June 29, 2016, at the age of 86. With his passing SAR lost its most important president, a leader who transformed a small regional institution into a prominent center of research […]

Robert Forest Gayton Spier

Robert Forest Gayton Spier, 92, died on November 21, 2014 in Columbia, Missouri, where he taught at the University of Missouri. Spier’s interest was non-industrial technology, particularly on the question of how cultural traditions shaped motor skills. Eschewing verbiage, he wrote a series of characteristically concise works on technology, California ethnography and field mapping, the […]

Elizabeth Florence Colson

Elizabeth Florence Colson was born in Hewitt, Minnesota June 15, 1917. She died in Zambia August 3, 2016. Colson received her BA and MA from the University of Minnesota and her PhD in Anthropology at Radcliffe College in 1945. Her dissertation on the Northwest Coast Makah was supervised by Clyde Kluckhohn. Employment opportunities were limited […]