Leith Mullings

We mourn the loss of Leith Mullings, a Black feminist, cultural anthropologist, and public intellectual. She leaves behind a profound impact on the field of anthropology and beyond, as an engaged scholar, mentor, and leader.

Doren L. Slade

Doren L. Slade, born January 17, 1945, died at age 74, on June 11, 2019, in Unadilla, New York.

Mary Catherine Bateson

Mary Catherine Bateson died on January 2, 2021, holding her daughter’s hand. Bateson was a best-selling author, a linguist, and a cultural anthropologist like her parents Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson. 

Warren Richard DeBoer

Warren Richard DeBoer, professor emeritus of anthropology at Queens College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York, author of important studies in American archaeology, died of cancer on May 24, 2020, in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He was 74.

Kathryn Anne Davis

We are sad to share that Kathryn Anne Davis passed away on Sunday, August 16, 2020. Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on December 15, 1949, she is survived by five siblings and numerous nieces and nephews.

Robert M. Laughlin

Robert Laughlin (May 29,1934–May 28, 2020), lexicographer extraordinaire of the Tzotzil (Mayan) language of Chiapas, Mexico; indefatigable student of the natural, social, and dream worlds of its speakers; and committed advocate for their literary, dramatic, and artistic pursuits, was for his entire academic career curator of Mesoamerican ethnology at the Smithsonian Institution.

David Reese Counts

David Reese Counts was born on May 2, 1934 in Columbia, Mississippi, and slipped quietly and peacefully away into the warmth of his dreams on November 11, 2020 in Ganges, British Columbia.

Audrey Smedley

We mourn the death of Audrey Smedley, a pioneering social anthropologist who peacefully passed away at her home in Beltsville, Maryland, on October 14, 2020, 16 days before her ninetieth birthday.