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 […]

Muriel Hammer

November 7, 1927–February 10, 2017 Muriel Hammer died on February 10, 2017, in Montpelier, Vermont. She was 89. Hammer was born on November 7, 1927, in New York City and lived most of her life there. Although a “dyed in the wool” New Yorker, she spent more than 40 summers at her family’s rural Vermont […]

Nancy Oestreich Lurie

January 29, 1924–May 13, 2017 Nancy Oestreich Lurie, PhD anthropologist, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, only child of Carl and Rayline (nee Danielson) Oestreich; passed away peacefully on May 13, 2017. She received her BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1945), graduated with an MA in anthropology from the University of Chicago (1947) and PhD in […]

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, […]