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, […]

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 American Indians from reservations to cities. In the 1960s, Willard was co-PI on the historic National Institute […]

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 […]