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, […]

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 […]