Michael H. Agar

May 7, 1945–May 20, 2017 Michael H. Agar died on May 20, 2017, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Although Agar was the ultimate craftsman with words, it is difficult to put labels on the life he lived. He was a linguistic anthropologist, a cultural anthropologist, almost an South Asianist, a drug expert, a medical anthropologist, […]

William (Bill) Willard

November 29, 1926–January 15, 2016 William (Bill) Willard, professor emeritus at Washington State University, Pullman, passed on January 15, 2016 at age 89. His life’s work examined the effects of federal American Indian relocation programs designed to move Indians from reservations to cities. In the 1960s, Willard was co-PI on the historic National Institute of […]

Nina Swidler

March 25, 1932–January 4, 2017 Nina Swidler died after a brief illness while visiting her family in Los Altos, California from her home in New York City on January 4, 2017. She was 84. Swidler was born in Washington DC. She attended Columbia University, and earned her PhD in 1969, a year after she joined […]

Tom Zuidema

May 24, 1927–March 2, 2016 R Tom Zuidema died on March 2, 2016 at home in Urbana, Illinois, a few months short of his 89th birthday. Professor emeritus of anthropology at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, he was a preeminent ethnohistorian of the Andes, teacher, mentor, and friend to a host of students and […]

Ira R. Buchler

March 6, 1938–October 31, 2016 Ira R. Buchler died peacefully in his sleep on October 31, 2016 in Iowa City, Iowa. He was 78 years old. He is best-known for his research on kinship systems and mythology, based in part on fieldwork in Mexico and the Caribbean. His writings on kinship made extensive use of […]

Margery Wolf

September 9, 1933–April 14, 2017 Highly respected feminist anthropologist and China scholar, Margery Wolf, died at age 83 in Santa Rosa, California on April 14, 2017. Born in Santa Rosa on September 9, 1933, she received her AA degree from Santa Rosa Junior College in 1952. Following a year at San Francisco State, she married […]

Anthony F. C. Wallace

April 15, 1923–October 5, 2015 Anthony F. C. Wallace (Tony) died on October 5, 2015. He served as AAA president in 1972. By any reckoning he must be regarded as one of the most significant anthropologists of his generation. His published record ranges from King of the Delawares (1949) a sensitive psychobiography of an embattled […]

List of Colleagues Who Have Passed Away

Anthropology News is the association’s major vehicle for information about deaths of our colleagues, but it is only as good as the information received. Below is a list of individuals for whom we do not yet have an In Memoriam death notice. If you would like to contribute a notice for any individuals on the list […]

Derek Roberts

July 1925–December 19, 2016 Derek Frank Bruce Roberts died in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK on 19 December 2016 at the age of 91 years. Roberts was born in London, UK in July 1925 and after army service during World War II received a degree in geography from the University of Cambridge. While at Cambridge he developed an […]

Waud Hocking Kracke

1939–2013 Waud Hocking Kracke, 74 (born in Beijing China, 1939) passed away of pancreatic cancer on December 31, 2013, at home in Hyde Park in Chicago. Kracke lived in Chicago from childhood and attended the University of Chicago Lab School before graduating from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1958 and Harvard College in 1962. Kracke combined […]