In Memoriam Guidelines

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. As a service to the discipline, please notify AN editor Natalie Konopinski as soon as you learn of a death so we can let members know and locate an author.

If you are volunteering to contribute a death notice, note that they may be up to 500 words and are always enhanced by a photo (jpeg preferred). Please check facts with the deceased’s family and colleagues prior to submission. Send your submission to AN editor Natalie Konopinski.

The American Anthropologist commissions longer obituaries of selected anthropologists after their AN death notices appear; different authors are preferred. The American Anthropologist will approach potential authors of AA obituaries. For information and suggestions, contact AA obituaries editor, Ira Bashkow.

All AN notices will be published online at We publish the timeliest tributes in the next available print issue.

Submission Details

  • Include: full name, date of birth, date and place of death, age at death, graduate and final affiliation, accomplishments and contributions to the discipline, and immediate survivors.
  • Verify death and check facts with the family and/or through the deceased’s department.
  • AN notices are a maximum of 500 words in length.
  • Photographs should be submitted as JPEG or TIFF files. For print, the images need to be minimum of 300 dpi. Please note that the images for the print version may be cropped to a headshot.
  • Focus on the highlights of the person’s career and contributions to the discipline.
  • Personal opinions, reminiscences and eulogies are appropriate, if there is space.
  • We copyedit all contributions for style, grammar, and length.
  • Additional remembrances are welcome in the comments portion of the online AN notice.

Here is an example that could serve as a model, although this exact format is not required.

January 27, 1953–October 3, 2016

Victoria S. Lockwood died on October 3, 2016. Born in 1953 in Panama City, Florida Lockwood was a gifted anthropologist and beloved teacher, mentor, and person. She joined the faculty of Southern Methodist University (SMU) in 1986 after completing her PhD in anthropology from UCLA, and remained a vital intellectual force throughout her career.

Despite her decades-long challenges with cancer, Lockwood persevered with dignity and purpose, designing and conducting cutting edge research for more than 30 years in the South Pacific. Her scholarly work focused on the gendered impacts of economic transformations in the subsistence-oriented islands of French Polynesia. Specifically, she explored how rural Tahitian women responded to French development programs to spur commercial agriculture and craft export. Her original research on the island of Tubuai became the basis for her book Tahitian Transformations: Gender and Capitalist Development in a Rural Society (Lynne Reiner, 1993).

Lockwood subsequently extended her research to a three-island comparative study in order to better understand the impact of development and neoliberalism on women and families. Lockwood’s work provided a critical counterpoint to studies that emphasized detrimental outcomes. Rather, she found that when women became income earners, gender hierarchies in the household shifted and increased women’s decision-making authority. In political realms, women assumed increasingly important public roles.

Lockwood observed how the empowerment of women in financial control and household decision-making escalated culturally-specific forms of domestic violence. In her most recent research, she generated longitudinal, comparative data to investigate the temporal scope and variable forms of domestic violence in Tubuai and Rurutu. Although at the time of her death she had not published findings from this work, her colleagues and former students are working to assemble her data and notes in hopes of preparing a posthumous publication.

In addition to her monograph, Lockwood published numerous journal articles and edited two volumes of scholarship on Pacific societies: Globalization and Culture Change in the Pacific Islands (Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2004) and Contemporary Pacific Societies: Studies in Development and Change (Prentice Hall, 1993), co-edited with T. Harding and B. Wallace. Lockwood’s research was supported by numerous National Science Foundation grants, and from 1999-2000, she served as the NSF Program Officer for Cultural Anthropology.

At SMU, where she served as director of both undergraduate and graduate studies, Lockwood inspired generations of students with her intellectual depth, methodological rigor, and caring mentoring. One former graduate student noted that she models her own mentoring of students by asking herself: “WWVD?—What would Vickie do?” Others remember her generosity and wisdom, patience and insight, and her incisive, but always constructive criticism. Lockwood won teaching and mentoring awards and was a fierce advocate for women and students. One undergraduate student whom she helped, wrote: “[Vickie] taught me the immense power of simple kindnesses. Her mentorship instilled in me a passion for it that I don’t think will ever disappear.”

As her students, friends, and colleagues—and all the people she cared for—we can share in the recognition that Vickie Lockwood enriched the world, her discipline, and many lives. Her legacy is real and inspiring because hers was a life of dignity, courage, intellectual rigor, purposeful research, humor, and practicality. (Caroline B. Brettell and Katherine E. Browne)

List of Colleagues Who Have Passed Away

Below is a list of individuals who passed away in recent years and for whom we do not yet have an In Memoriam death notice. This list begins in 2017 and was most recently updated on January 21, 2018. If you would like to contribute a notice for any individuals on the list or if you wish to inform us of a death, please contact AN editor Natalie Konopinski.

All AN notices will be published online at We publish the timeliest tributes in the next available print issue.

Michael Intintoli (Rowan College) 1/6/2017

Nathan Altshuler (William & Mary) 1/8/2017

John Davis (University of Oxford) 1/15/2017

Valerie Wheeler (California State University) 1/16/2017

Harvey Bricker (Tulane/University of Florida) 1/18/2017

Jan Vansina (University of Wisconsin-Madison) 2/8/2017

Dwight Heath (Brown University) 4/10/2017

Marida Hollos (Brown University) 4/11/2017

Lola Romanucci-Ross (University of  California, San Diego) 4/29/2017

Thomas Melville 5/1/2017

Joel S. Kahn (La Trobe University, Australia) 5/1/2017

Svend E. Holsoe (University of Delaware) 5/4/2017

Thomas Pleger (Lake Superior State University) 5/7/2017

Paul “Buzz” Kutsche (Colorado College) 5/18/2017

Ben Finney (University of  Hawaii, Mānoa) 5/23/2017

Pam Puntenney 6/10/2017

Isabelle Clark-Decès (Princeton University) 6/29/2017

Russell L. Langworthy 7/1/2017

Herbert William Butler 7/4/2017

Keith Baird (State University of New York at Buffalo) 7/13/2017

Herbert Kuehne 7/15/2017

Virginia Cox (Boise State University) 8/6/2017

Francisco Ramos (University of Evora, Portugal) 8/7/2017

Reginald Byron (University of Wales) 8/8/2017

Aram A. Yengoyan (University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts) 8/25/2017

Roger Tibbetts Grange, Jr (University of South Florida) 8/26/2017

Constance Piesinger 8/29/2017

Claudi Esteva i Fabregat (Universidad de Barcelona) 9/4/2017

Yosihiko Sinoto 10/4/2017

William G. Lockwood (University of Michigan) 10/13/2017

Mari Lyn Salvador 10/23/2017

Richard B. Freeman (University of Florida) 10/24/2017

James (Jimmy) LaVita (University of Denver) 10/25/2017

Dan Bradburd 11/1/2017

Sue-Ellen Jacobs (University of Washington) 11/6/2017

Françoise Héritier (Collège de France) 11/15/2017

Robert R. Reeder, Sr. (Bloomsburg University) 11/16/2017

Nancy B. Leis (Central Michigan University) 11/17/2017

Alan Walker (Penn State University) 11/20/2017

Barbara Aswad (Wayne State University) 11/30/2017

Colin Groves (Australian National University) 11/30/2017

Joan Stevenson (Western Washington University) 12/04/2017

Arthur Einhorn (Jefferson Community College and St. Lawrence University) 12/22/2017

Andrei Simic (University of Southern California) 12/26/2017

Patricia Griffin 12/31/2017

Mary Margaret Steedly (Harvard University) 1/04/2018

Rachel Beauvoir Dominique (Université d’État d’Haiti) 1/05/2018

Esther Goody 1/18/2018 (University of Cambridge)

Ursula K. Le Guin 1/23/2018

Robert McCormick Adams (Smithsonian Institute) 1/27/2018

Jo (Joanna) Skelt (University of Birmingham, UK) 1/31/2018

Norman Schwartz 2/1/2018

Michael Harner (Foundation for Shamanic Studies) 2/3/2018

Thomas J. May (Society for Applied Anthropology) 2/14/2018

Lawrence Kaplan (University of Massachusetts; Massachusetts Institute of Technology) 3/6/2018

Magoroh Maruyama 3/16/2018

Philip Gulliver (York University) 3/30/2018

Anne Deruyterre 4/2/2018

Edward Wellin (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee) 4/5/2018

Peter Morton-Williams (Ulster University) 5/2018

Paula G. Rubel (past president of ASA; Barnard College) 5/14/2018

Michael Banton (University of Bristol, UK) 5/28/2018

John (Jack) M. Cornman (former AAA executive director) 6/9/2018

Harold L. Dibble (University of Pennsylvania and Penn Museum) 6/10/2018

Marta Weigle (University of New Mexico) 6/14/2018

Seena Kohl (Webster University) 6/16/2018

Barbara Harrell-Bond (University of Oxford) 7/11/2018

George Cowgill (Arizona State University) 7/31/2018

Joan Koss-Chioino (Arizona State University, George Washington University) 8/9/2018

Carol Brice-Bennett 8/26/2018

Roy Wagner (University of Virginia) 9/9/2018

Robert Lawrence Rubinstein (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) 9/19/2018

Angela M. Gilliam (Evergreen State College) 9/20/2018

Jack R. Stauder (University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth) 12/3/2018

Jamie Chad Brandon (University of Arkansas) 12/24/2018