Obituary Guidelines

AN 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 the AN Managing Editor as soon as you learn of a death so she can locate an author and schedule the notice for publication.

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 (jpg preferred). Please check facts with the deceased’s family and colleagues prior to submission. American Anthropologist commissions longer obituaries of selected anthropologists after their AN death notices appear; different authors are preferred. For information on potential AA obituaries, contact AA Obituary Editor Flemming Daugaard-Hansen.

All AN death notices will be published online at and in the next available print issue.

Submission Details

  • Include: full name, date and place of death, age at death, graduate and final affiliation, accomplishments and immediate survivors. When possible, also include date and place of birth.
  • Verify death and check facts with the family and/or through the deceased’s department.
  • AN obituaries may be no more than 500 words in length.
  • Photographs should be submitted as JPEG or TIF files. For print, the images need to be minimum of 300 dpi at 1˝ tall.
  • Focus on the highlights of the person’s career and contributions to the discipline.
  • Personal opinions, reminiscences and eulogies are appropriate, but best kept to a minimum. There is usually little space left over for direct quotes.
  • Contributions will be edited for grammatical accuracy and appropriate length.
  • Additional remembrances are welcome in the comments portion of the online AN obituary, but only comments by AAA members will be approved.


Here is an example that could serve as a model, although this exact format is not required. Please note that the images for the print version are cropped to a headshot and converted to grayscale. This obituary ran in the February 2012 Anthropology News:


Sandra Lynn Morgen
Sandra Lynn Morgen

Sandra Lynn Morgen died on September 27, 2016 of ovarian cancer.

She was born on March 31, 1950 to Dr. Robert O. Morgen and Sadye Block Morgen in Cleveland, Ohio, and spent the most of her childhood in Montreal, Canada and Houston, Texas.

Sandi Morgen inhabited her life passionately, and—during her life with cancer—with exquisite purpose: to live lovingly, generously, and with courage. A prominent cultural anthropologist at the University of Oregon, Morgen also loved to walk, talk and dance. She adored the natural world. Beaches and oceans were places of peaceful refuge, especially Yachats and Kaua’i. Morgen was a gifted writer of poetry and prose. She cultivated friendships like flowers; she leaves behind circles of love and attachment that ripple over great time and distance.

Morgen was educated at the University of Texas (BA 1972) and at the University of North Carolina (PhD 1982). During her career, she was affiliated with Duke, UNC, the University of Massachusetts, Penn State and, from 1991–2016, the University of Oregon, where she was professor of anthropology, director of the Center for the Study of Women in Society, vice provost for graduate studies and associate dean of the Graduate School.

A pioneer in feminist anthropology and the anthropology of North America, Sandi wrote widely about health, social welfare and tax policy. Her recent books include Stretched Thin: Poor Families, Welfare Work and Welfare Reform (2010); Taxes are a Woman’s Issue (2006); and Into Our Own Hands: The Women’s Health Movement in the US 1969–1990, winner of the Basker Prize from the Society for Medical Anthropology, 2004.

Her many professional awards include the Career Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Anthropology of the US from the Society for the Anthropology of North America, the Research Faculty Excellence Award at the University of Oregon, the Squeaky Wheel award from the Committee on the Status of Women in Anthropology and the Committee on Gender Equity in Anthropology of the American Anthropological Association, and the Martin Luther King and Charles Johnson awards from the University of Oregon. She was a president of the Society for the Anthropology of North America, president of the Association for Feminist Anthropology, and a member of the American Anthropological Association’s Commission on Race and Racism.

Her enduring professional achievement was being a model and mentor who brought cooperation and commitment to social justice to all endeavors, from the board of Temple Beth Israel to chairing countless academic committees. Morgen’s creativity, intelligence and humor circulated through extensive networks of family, friends, and colleagues. She was deeply admired and loved.

Morgen was the devoted mother of Seth Morgen Long (Portland) and Sarah Morgen Long (New York City) with her husband, poet and photographer Robert Hill Long. She is also survived by her sisters Barbara Morgen (Scarsdale, New York) and Betsy Glen (Austin, Texas), and by her brother Richard Morgen (Denver, Colorado), and several adored nieces and nephews, including Deborah Hemel, Daniel Hemel, Alex Glen, Shannon Glen and Erin Glen, and by her aunt Marilyn Block.


In Sandi’s memory contributions can be made to:

Community Alliance of Lane County (CALC), 458 Blair Boulevard, Eugene, Oregon 97402.

Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance, 1101 14th Street NW, Suite 850, Washington, DC 20005.

(Lynn Stephen, Ellen Herman and Robert Long)