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 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 (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 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 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 are two examples 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.

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. This list was first published March 30, 2017 and most recently updated September 25. 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.

Click here for our In Memoriam author guidelines.

Nancy Abelmann (U Illinois) 1/6/2016

Richard E.W. Adams (U Texas San Antonio) 6/2/2015

Ananth Aiyer (UM-Flint) 3/20/2015

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

Jaber Anasori (Iran) 4/16/2016

Benedict Anderson (Cornell) 12/13/2015

James Nelson Anderson (UC Berkeley) 3/13/2015

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

Lane Anderson Beck (U Arizona) 11/5/2014

Walter Birkby (U Arizona) 1/31/2015

Jeremy Boissevain (U Amsterdam) 6/26/2015

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

C. Henry Bradley 8/18/2014

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

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

Thomas Buckley (U-Mass Boston) 4/16/2015

Herbert William Butler 7/4/2017

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

Wilton S. Dillon (Smithsonian) 8/22/2015

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

Margaret Fallers (U Chicago) 2/20/2015

Ben Finney (UH Mānoa) 5/23/2017

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

Joan Gero (American U) 7/14/2016

David Hakken (U Indiana) 5/2016

Katherine Lee Hall (College of the Menominee Nation) 9/15/2015

Geoffrey Ainsworth Harrison (Oxford) 9/14/2017

John Hayward Hamer (Sewanee) 6/21/2016

Dwight Heath (Brown U) 4/10/2017

Mathieu Hilgers (Université Libre de Bruxelles) 2/28/2015

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

William Kavanagh (CEU University Madrid) 4/29/2014

Jane Kelley (U Calgary) 4/2016

Sheila Kitzinger 4/11/2015

Herbert Kuehne 7/15/2017

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

Russell L. Langworthy 7/1/2017

Michael Logan (U Tennessee) 5/21/2016

Mariflor Parpan Malicsi 2016

Judith Marti 2015

Thomas Melville 5/1/2017

Mattison Mines (UC Santa Barbara) 2/25/2016

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

Moni Nag (Columbia) 12/8/2015

Shuichi Nagata (U Toronto) 7/11/2016

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

Barbara Price (Columbia U) 2/18/2016

Pam Puntenney 6/10/2017

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

Cyril Schäfer (U Otago) 6/26/2015

Robert Smith (Cornell) 10/11/2016

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

Rodolfo Stavenhagen (UNRISD) 11/5/2016

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

Mark Awakuni-Swetland (U Nebraska-Lincoln) 2/23/2015

Jan Vansina (UW-Madison) 2/8/2017

Steadman Upham (U of Tulsa) 7/30/2017

Fred Wendorf (Southern Methodist U) 7/15/2015

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

B. J. Williams (UCLA) 12/6/2015

Charles Winick (CUNY Graduate Center) 7/4/2015

Arthur P. Wolf (Stanford U) 5/2/2015

Patrick Wolfe (Australia) 2/18/2016

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

Aram A. Yengoyan (UM-LSA) 8/25/2017