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 and converted to grayscale.


March 26, 1934–August 14, 2016

Dena Ferran Dincauze died on August 14, 2016 following a long illness. She was 82.
Dincauze was born March 26, 1934 in Boston and despite her extensive travels was a lifelong New Englander. She was the late 20th century’s preeminent scholar of Northeastern North American archaeology. Dincauze was editor of the Society for American Archaeology’s (SAA) flagship journal American Antiquity from 1981 to 1984, President of the SAA from 1987 to 1989, and a faculty member in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst from 1973 until her retirement in 2000. Her distinguished career was marked by a steadfast commitment to moving the Northeast out of the margins and into the center of archaeological inquiry, an indefatigable devotion to governance at the state, regional, and national level, and a profound dedication to the professional development of her graduate students.
Dincauze spent her formative years in Concord, Massachusetts and graduated magna cum laude from Barnard College in 1956. While an undergraduate in New York, she benefitted from the tutelage and mentorship of Nathalie and Richard Woodbury with whom she remained personally and professionally close for the rest of her career. She earned a diploma in prehistoric archaeology with distinction from Cambridge University in 1957 and a PhD from Harvard University in 1967 for her analysis of cremation cemeteries in eastern Massachusetts. For the next five years she held staff positions at Harvard’s Peabody Museum, including Research Fellow in New England Archaeology and assistant curator of North American archaeology. After teaching for one year at the State University College at Buffalo, she joined the faculty at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1973, where she continued her career until her retirement.
Dincauze’s numerous publications and presentations have made important contributions to the pre-contact Native history of Eastern North America, environmental archaeology, Paleo-Indian research, materials analysis of ceramics and lithics, and cultural resource management. She held herself and her students to the highest standards and her carefully constructed arguments were always elegantly articulated.
In addition to making substantial scholarly contributions Dincauze’s professional profile exhibits a high level of engagement with professional service, especially to the Society for American Archaeology. Dincauze served as editor for American Antiquity, as the third woman president of the SAA, and it’s first presidential mother and grandmother. For her many contributions, she received the SAA’s Distinguished Service Award in 1997. She held a number of other high level professional services positions in her career, including president of the Society for Professional Archaeologists (1984–5) and the executive board of the American Society for Conservation Archaeology (1977–79). Dincauze’s service to the field of archaeology extended far beyond the walls of the university and the profession. She served as the editor of the Bulletin of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society (MAS) from 1975 to 1980 and as the MAS representative to the Massachusetts Historical Commission from 1978 to 1989. She was recognized by the Massachusetts Historical Commission in 2001 with their Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions to cultural resources management.
Dena Dincauze was known for her strong character yet quiet demeanor. She was a role model and mentor to countless students and colleagues, and her scholarship will have a lasting impact on New England archaeology for many generations to come. She is survived by her daughter Jacqueline; son Eric; four siblings; and two grandchildren. (Mary Ann Levine and Elizabeth Chilton)


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)