Paul W. Friedrich

Paul W. Friedrich, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, Linguistics and Social Thought at the University of Chicago, succumbed to numerous debilitating illnesses on 11 August 2016, leaving to posterity one of the most extraordinary and varied of language-focused oeuvres, fashioned over some 60 years of professional life. He describes himself in his own words on his […]

Douglas W. Schwartz

Douglas W. Schwartz, President Emeritus of the School for Advanced Research (formerly the School of American Research), died in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on June 29, 2016, at the age of 86. With his passing SAR lost its most important president, a leader who transformed a small regional institution into a prominent center of research […]

Robert Forest Gayton Spier

Robert Forest Gayton Spier, 92, died on November 21, 2014 in Columbia, Missouri, where he taught at the University of Missouri. Spier’s interest was non-industrial technology, particularly on the question of how cultural traditions shaped motor skills. Eschewing verbiage, he wrote a series of characteristically concise works on technology, California ethnography and field mapping, the […]

Elizabeth Florence Colson

Elizabeth Florence Colson was born in Hewitt, Minnesota June 15, 1917. She died in Zambia August 3, 2016. Colson received her BA and MA from the University of Minnesota and her PhD in Anthropology at Radcliffe College in 1945. Her dissertation on the Northwest Coast Makah was supervised by Clyde Kluckhohn. Employment opportunities were limited […]

Margaret Elaine Combs-Schilling

Margaret Elaine Combs-Schilling died quietly in her bed from the effects of a brain tumor on the morning of July 7, 2016 in the loving company of her husband, Rev. David Schilling, and son, Prof. Jonathan Combs-Schilling. She was 67. A subversive but proud daughter of the south, Combs-Schilling was born on February 13, 1949 […]

Pranab Kumar Ganguly

Pranab Kumar Ganguly, a leading bio-cultural anthropologist of India passed away peacefully on February15, 2014 at his Kolkata residence. Ganguly was an Indian anthropologist in the truest sense of the term for his contributions in the field of anthropometry, demography and material culture. Ganguly received his MSc, PhD and DSc degrees from the University of […]

Dudley Edward DeGroot

Dudley Edward DeGroot was born August 10, 1927 in Palo Alto, California and died December 7, 2012 in St. Petersburg, Florida. He was 85 years old. From 1964 until his retirement in 1989, he served as chair of the Anthropology Department at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. DeGroot attended Stanford University and finished his […]

Harold C. Fleming

Harold C. Fleming, a devoted and enthusiastic scholar and a delightful friend and colleague, died on April 29, 2015 at the age of 89. Fleming had a passion for the study of languages and for what they can tell us about the history of humanity. His major contributions to the study of the languages of […]

Tamás Andras Hofer

Tamás Andras Hofer, ethnographer, cultural anthropologist, folklorist, museologist, a pioneer in the study of Hungarian rural society and a pillar of modern anthropology in Hungary, died after a long illness on April 6, 2016, in Budapest, Hungary. Hofer Was born and raised in Budapest and attended the Philosophical Faculty of the Eotvos Lorand (ELTE) University […]

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 […]