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 obituary editor, Flemming Daugaard-Hansen.

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 for whom we do not yet have an In Memoriam death notice (in alphabetical order). This list begins in 2016 and was most recently updated on February 20, 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.

Nancy Abelmann (U Illinois) 1/6/2016

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

Jaber Anasori (Iran) 4/16/2016

Donald Bahr (Arizona State U) 10/30/2016

Keith Baird (State U of NY at Buffalo) 7/13/2017

Georges Balandier (Sorbonne) 10/5/2016

Aileen Baron (California State U Fullerton) 3/2/2016

Bernard Bate (Yale NUS) 3/10/2016

Cynthia Bradbury (Boise State U) 10/22/2016

Dan Bradburd 11/1/2017

Harvey Bricker (Tulane/U Florida) 1/18/2017

Jean Briggs (Memorial U St Johns) 7/27/2016

Herbert William Butler 7/4/2017

Reginald Byron (U of Wales) 8/8/2017

Ann Chowning (Victoria U Wellington) 2/25/2016

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

T. Virginia Cox (Boise State) 8/6/2017

John Davis (Oxford) 1/15/2017

Muriel Dimen (NYU) 2/14/2016

Rachel Beauvoir Dominique (Université d’État d’Haiti) 01/05/2018

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

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

Ben Finney (UH Mānoa) 5/23/2017

Bernard “Bunny” Fontana (U Arizona) 4/2/2016

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

Joan Gero (American U) 7/14/2016

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

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

Patricia Griffin 12/31/2017

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

Ursula K. Le Guin (1/23/2018

David Hakken (U Indiana) 5/2016

John Hayward Hamer (Sewanee) 6/21/2016

Dwight Heath (Brown U) 4/10/2017

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

Marida Hollos  (Brown U) 4/11/2017

Svend E. Holsoe (U Delaware) 5/4/2017

Francis Huxley (United Kingdom) 10/29/2016

Michael Intintoli (Rowan College) 1/6/2017

David Jones (U Central Florida) 1/31/2016

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

Jane Kelley (U Calgary) 4/2016

Herbert Kuehne 7/15/2017

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

Russell L. Langworthy 7/1/2017

James (Jimmy) LaVita (U Denver) 10/25/2017

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

William G. Lockwood (U Michigan) 10/13/2017

Michael Logan (U Tennessee) 5/21/2016

Mariflor Parpan Malicsi 2016

Thomas J. May (Society for Applied Anthropology) 02/14/2018

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

Thomas Melville 5/1/2017

John Hartwell Moore (U Florida) 8/10/2016

Shuichi Nagata (U Toronto) 7/11/2016

Constance Piesinger 8/29/2017

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

Barbara Price (Columbia U) 2/18/2016

Pam Puntenney 6/10/2017

Francisco Ramos (U of Evora, Portugal) 8/7/17

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

William (Bill) Leal Rowe (U Minnesota) 2/16/2016

Stanley Regelson 1/3/2016

Brian S. Robinson (U Maine) 10/28/2016

Lola Romanucci-Ross (UC San Diego) 4/29/2017

Mari Lyn Salvador 10/23/2017

Norman Schwartz 2/1/2018

Yosihiko Sinoto 10/4/2017

Andrei Simic 12/26/2017

Robert Smith (Cornell) 10/11/2016

Robert Jack Smith (Western Michigan U) 1/31/2016

Rodolfo Stavenhagen (UNRISD) 11/5/2016

Mary Margaret Steedly (Harvard) 1/04/2018

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

Robert Sussman (Washington U St Louis) 6/8/2016

Jan Vansina (UW-Madison) 2/8/2017

Steadman Upham (U of Tulsa) 7/30/2017

Alan Walker (Penn State U) 11/20/2017

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

Patrick Wolfe (Australia) 2/18/2016

Peter A. Woolfson (U Vermont) 2/29/2016

Aram A. Yengoyan (UM-LSA) 8/25/2017