Marilyn M. Moors

Marilyn M. Moors, inspirational anthropologist and human rights activist, died peacefully on January 16, 2016 at the age of 81. Moors held degrees from Tufts University as well as George Washington University, and was Professor Emerita of Montgomery College and Frostburg State University. She saw her calling as one of educating for justice, both within […]

René Millon

René Millon, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Rochester, died on February 22, 2016, at the age of 94.  He is survived by his three children, David, Marc, and Michele.  While Millon will long be remembered for his many accomplishments in Mesoamerican archaeology, he will perhaps be remembered best for coining what must […]

William (Bill) Longacre

William (Bill) Longacre, 77, eminent archaeologist and former Head of Anthropology (1990–98) at the University of Arizona died after a brief illness on November 18, 2015. Longacre, who was hired in 1964 spent his professional career at Arizona culminating in his appointment as the Fred A. Riecker Distinguished Professor (1998–2004). Along with Lewis Binford, Longacre […]

Brigitte (Gitti) Jordan

Brigitte (Gitti) Jordan was a trailblazing anthropologist whose work spanned from childbirth to autonomous vehicles and from village huts to corporate halls of power.  Gitti died May 24, 2016 at her home in La Honda, California surrounded by loved ones.  She was 78. She is survived by her beloved husband, Robert Irwin, and three children, […]

Richard Lerner

Richard Lerner, died on December 16, 2015. Lerner was a social anthropologist with a doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley.  He was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1939 and graduated from Stuyvesant High School. He came from a family of labor activists. His father was an organizer, writer and photo journalist for the […]

Sidney Wilfred Mintz

Sidney Wilfred Mintz, 93, the William L. Straus, Jr. Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University, died in Plainsboro, NJ, on December 27, 2015 from head injuries sustained in a fall.  Together with Richard Price, he founded the department at Johns Hopkins, where he taught from 1974 to 1997; they built an exceptional collective […]

Dana Raphael

Dana Raphael, medical anthropologist, writer and lecturer, who was best known for her global work in supportive behavior and breastfeeding, died at home in Fairfield, Connecticut of complications from congestive heart failure on February 2, 2016. Raphael is credited with identifying the supportive function played by family members and next of kin around young (lactating) […]

Suzanne Mattingly

Suzanne Mattingly passed away on December 15, 2015 at the age of 59. Suzanne had served as controller for the American Anthropological Association since 1989. She was responsible for much of the behind the scenes financial and facilities machinery that make the Association’s operations hum. She managed the Association’s accounting functions, prepared financial statements and […]

Fredrik Barth

Fredrik Barth, one of the great anthropologists and the premier ethnographer of our time, died on January 24, 2016, in Oslo, Norway. He was 87. He is survived by his wife, Unni Wikan, their son Kim, and by the children from his first marriage: Tom, Tanja, Jorgen and Elisabet. Barth was trained in paleontology, archeology […]

Terence Turner

Terence Sheldon Turner, 79, died peacefully in Ithaca, NY on November 7th, 2015. Among the most influential American anthropologists of his generation, Turner began fieldwork with the Kayapó Indians of Central Brazil in 1962. Turner’s early publications were grounded in structuralism and the analysis of social organization. He is better known, however, for expanding Marx’s […]