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ROBERT LOUIS BLAKELY died September 19, 1997, of lung cancer, in Decatur, GA. Before his debilitating illness, Blakely had taught at Georgia State U for 28 years. An Associate Professor at the time of his death, he had twice served as Department Chair (1993-95; 1996-97). He had received the “Outstanding Faculty Award for 1989-90,” presented by the Golden Key National Honor Society at GSU.
Blakely’s early archaeological fieldwork at Dickson Mounds, IL, was followed by dissertation research anchored at that site. Under the direction of Georg Neumann and Della Cook at Indiana U, where he received his PhD in 1973, Blakely established a methodological linkage between archaeology and physical anthropology that influenced his career and that of many contemporaries and students. Within his prominent edited volume Biocultural Adaptation in Prehistoric North America (1977), the term “bioarchaeology” was coined. Blakely became one of the most enthusiastic proponents of both the term and its conjoined biological and archaeological approach to the past.
Blakely’s location at Georgia State U, where he joined the faculty in 1970, led him to develop bioarchaeological research within the Southeast. He contributed several articles describing prehistoric research at Etowah, GA, including discussions of demographic patterning and the use of trace elements to infer diet. Soon, however, Blakely turned to investigations of sites dating to the historic period, being among the first to apply bioarchaeological methods to such recent, urban contexts. The subjects of his investigations in cluded Atlanta’s Oakland Cemetery and human remains recovered from the basement of the Medical College of Georgia. He found the Medical College of Georgia study to be especially satisfying, due to his ability to combine historical, archaeological and biological approaches to lend dignity to formerly unknown lives. This research was the subject of a volume edited by Blakely and J M Harrington, Bones in the Basement: Postmortem Racism in Nineteenth-Century Medical Training.
Another arena in which Blakely’s work preceded that of many others was the study of culture contact between American Indians and early European explorers. His work at the King site addresses the violent nature of the such encounters, calling attention to the significance of bioarchaeological data in enhancing 16th century documents.
Blakely was an inspiring teacher of physical anthropology and human evolution. Under graduate students enthusiastically enrolled in his popular introductory courses, frequently drawn to additional coursework, directed research and careers in anthropology. He frequently published articles co-authored by students and their contributions figure heavily in his edited volumes, the products of collaborative, team research. Students inspired by his mentorship have dedicated papers, dissertations and books to him as the person who set them on their life course. Many additional students who enrolled in Blakely’s classes learned to appreciate the core principles of anthropology, which they carried into other career pathways. Thus, Blakely’s charismatic teaching style served a valuable role in public education.
Robert Blakely is survived by his wife, anthropologist Bettina Detweiler Blakely and son, Andrew L Blakely. (Jane Buikstra)

ELLEN S BRUSH, 65, Trustee of the Archaeological Institute of America, died at her Manhattan home on May 1, 1999, of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. During her tenure as General Trustee of the Institute (1995-98), Brush served on the Archaeology Magazine Committee, Development Committee, Endowment Campaign Committee and New World Archaeology Committee.
Brush received her undergraduate degree from Smith C and PhD in anthropology from Columbia U. She and her husband, Charles F Brush, specialized in Mesoamerican archaeology, and, through the American Museum of Natural History, surveyed and excavated sites in Guerrerro, Mexico. Together they discovered some of the earliest evidence for alloyed bronze production on Mexico’s west coast, and uncovered early Mexican ceramics that helped to change ideas on pre-Hispanic pottery.
In addition to her archaeological endeavors, Brush also served as Director of the Explorers Club in New York City twice, and was awarded its President’s Medal for Distinguished Service. She served as chair of the New York Chapter of the Society of Women Geographers and founded the American Scandinavian Society in honor of her own Scandinavian heritage. She also actively participated on other local boards for causes she believed in, such as the Shelter Island Public Library, Union Chapel in the Grove and the Hans Christian Anderson Foundation, which, through her father’s inspiration, erected a statue of the author and runs a summer story-telling project in New York City’s Central Park.
Brush is survived by her husband Charles F Bush, III, two children and grandchildren. Her family has asked that contributions in her memory be made to Union Chapel in the Grove, Shelter Island, NY and to the Archaeological Institute of America, Boston, MA. (Excerpted from the AIA Newsletter, vol 14, no 4, summer 1999)

BARBARA (Klamon) KOPYTOFF, 61, anthropologist and lawyer, died of cancer in Wynnewood, PA on August 20, 1999.
Kopytoff was born Barbara Klamon in 1938 and raised in University City, St Louis, MO. She graduated from Swarthmore College (1960), with a BA in philosophy. After a stint at Philadelphia’s Eastern Psychiatric Institute, where she worked with handicapped children, she enrolled in the graduate anthropology program in the Depart ment of Anthropology at the U of Pennsylvania. Among her mentors there were A Irving Hallowell, Anthony F C Wallace, Ward Goodenough, Paul Friedrich, Robbins Burling and William Davenport. A course with visiting professor Beate Salz turned her attention to the Caribbean and she began to focus research on the ethnohistory of Jamaican Maroons. The Maroons of Jamaica are descendants of escaped slaves who had built communities in the interior and from there harassed the British plantations until the colonial authorities signed a treaty in the mid 18th century granting them land and political selfrule. Kopytoff did fieldwork in Accompong town and archival research in Kingston and England (PhD 1973). Besides her dissertation, her research was published in the Journal of Social History (1987), Ethnohistory (1979), William and Mary Quarterly (1978), Social and Economic Studies (1976) and Caribbean Quarterly (1976). She continued her research in Maroon culture and history for the next 15 years, and taught anthropology at Temple (1971), Johns Hopkins (197275), Lehigh (197678) and U of Pennsylvania (1981). She also did research in Cameroon, West Africa, in 1971. Kopytoff received fellowships and grants from the National Institutes of Mental Health and National Science Foundation for work in Jamaica, and from the National Endowment for the Humanities for work in Cameroon.
In the late 1970s, Kopytoff’s interests turned to law and she studied at Temple U Law School (JD Magna Cum Laude, 1987) and McGill U. Between 1987 and 1989, she collaborated in re search on legal aspects of American slavery with the late A Leon Higginbotham, a distinguished scholar of American slavery and a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. This work resulted in several independent and joint publications in the Law and Inequality Journal (1991), Georgetown Law Journal (1989), Ohio State Law Journal (1989), and University of San Francisco Law Review (1988). These dealt with legal issues of race, slavery and surrogate motherhood. She was for two years (199092) an associate with the Philadelphia law firm of Schnader, Harrison, Segal and Lewis, but found her greatest satisfaction clerking for federal judges. She served as a law clerk to US Court of Appeals Judges A Leon Higginbotham and A J Scirica, and US District Court Judges William H Yohn, Anita B Brody and John R Padova (for whom she was clerking at the time of her death).
Barbara Kopytoff is survived by her husband Igor Kopytoff, and their daughter Larissa. (Igor Kopytoff)

EVANGELINE CLARICE GRONSETH, 72, Professor Emerita of Anthropology at Arizona State U, died April 19, 1999 in Mesa, AZ. Known to family and friends as Vang, Gronseth was born in Minneapolis and raised in Hudson, SD and Harvey, ND. She earned her BA from St Olaf C, MS in nursing from Yale U and PhD in anthropology from Columbia U (1978).
A specialist in medical and applied anthropology in the Caribbean, southern Africa and contemporary US, Gronseth did extensive research in Jamaica. During her 15-year career at Arizona State, where she held dual appointments in the College of Nursing and Department of Anthropology, she was awarded a Fulbright professorship in Botswana, and carried out specialized study in England.
Gronseth was a multi-gifted person. Although recognized principally for her academic gifts, she possessed a beautiful singing voice. She is remembered by her students for her creativity, fresh insights and humor.
Evangeline Gronseth is survived by sisters Darlene Olson and Pauline Attrash, and brothers Milo and David Gronseth. (Milo G Gronseth)

STEPHEN E FERACA, 64, died of lung cancer in Washington, DC, on June 29, 1999. He was highly regarded by various members of the anthropological community and Native Americans for his integrity as well as his profound knowledge of all aspects of Lakota culture and society. Feraca’s early publications on Lakota religion in particular, pioneering when they first appeared, are now considered classics, routinely consulted and cited by all serious students of Lakota life. Wakinyan: Lakota Religion in the Twentieth Century, his study of contemporary Teton Dakota religion first appeared in 1963 and was re-issued in 1998.
Born in 1934 to an Italian-American family, Feraca was raised and educated in New York City. His fascination with Plains Indian culture began at the age of five when his mother showed him a picture of a Plains warrior in full regalia mounted on horseback. While still a boy, he befriended a number of Native Americans of various tribes living in Manhattan. He attended Manhattan College (BA in history/sociology, 1955) and after completing a masters degree in anthropology at Columbia U (1957) left graduate school for the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota in 1959. In South Dakota, he lived in traditional communities, learned Lakota while he continued field studies and began what was to become a 25 year career working for the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
During his years at Pine Ridge Agency, Feraca’s community development work was directed toward establishing self-help programs in housing, education and sanitation, and included establishment of a fish hook factory which brought employment opportunity to the reservation for the first time. In Florida with the Seminole Agency (1966–68), he operated a day school on Big Cypress Reservation and was responsible for education and community services programs for three diverse reservation groups.
In 1970, he helped set up a bilingual radio system for the Oglala Sioux Tribe and an educational and cultural studies program for the St Regis Mohawk Tribe. Feraca spent his last 15 years with the BIA in Washington, DC, with Tribal Govern ment Services working on complex and controversial tribal claims often involving many millions of dollars such as the Black Hills award.
During the course of his career, Feraca developed a reputation as a myth-breaker, and soon after retiring from the BIA (1985), he published his controversial Why Don’t They Give Them Guns: The Great American Indian Myth (1990).
Feraca moved to the south of Italy in 1990 to conduct folklore studies, but soon returned to Washington, DC. In 1996, he once again traveled to Pine Ridge to complete research for his final book on Lakota religion, which has the working title, “Playing with the Pipe: The Changing Face of Lakota Religion.” It documents the attitudes of aged Oglala Sioux regarding the changes in traditional Lakota religion made by younger tribal members, and is expected to be published posthumously. Feraca is also author of The Wounded Bear Winter Count, 1815–1816, 1896–1897 (1994), as well as a feature-length screen play, “Ghost Dance Song.” (Jean Feraca)

VIRGINIA GUTIERREZ DE PINEDA, 78, social anthropologist, died in Bogotá of a heart attack September 2, 1999. Born November 4, 1921 in El Socorro, Santander, Gutierrez de Pineda belonged to the first generation of women seeking higher education in a tradition-bound country, defying family and church norms by choosing an unlady-like field of study that required close contact with indigenous peoples in tropical forests, and poverty-stricken minorities in city slums. Gutierrez de Pineda began her career with a small group of students who received the first formal anthropological training offered in Colombia, at the Escuela Normal Superior’s Instituto Etnológico Nacional, founded and directed by Paul Rivet. Here she met her future husband, anthropologist Roberto Pineda, both graduating in l943. In 1962 she completed her doctorate in social and economic sciences at the Universidad Pedagógica Nacional de Bogotá.
Gutierrez de Pineda devoted the initial decade of her professional life to Colombian indigenies, first studying the Wayúu Indians of the Guajira Peninsula (Oegnización social de la Guajira, 1950), and then, with Roberto, the Chocó Indians of the Pacific coast, receiving joint Guggenheim Fellow ships to write their research results. Thus they spent 1953-54 in Berkeley. Long delayed, this work recently was published by the Universidad de Antioquía.
Returning home in 1954, Gutierrez de Pineda redirected her research and teaching toward medical anthropology and anthropology of the family, topics which had received little attention from Colombian anthropologists. Her monographs on ethnomedicine (La Medicina Popular en Colombia, 1961, and Medicina Tradicional en Colombia, 2 vols, 1985), and her teaching at the Medical School of the National U, led to election as Honorary Member of the National Academy of Medicine.
Anthropology of the family, however, was her favorite subject, for which she is most widely known. As Professor of Anthropology at the National U she studied the diverse forms of family found in Colombia, in the process establishing investigative and conceptual bases for all Colombians struggling for civil and sexual equality. She denounced the behavior of men guilty of family violence. In 1967, she was awarded a second Guggenheim for Familia y Cultura en Colom bia (l968). This research culminated in Estructura, Función y Cambio de la Familia en Colombia (1975), which predicted many of the changes family types underwent during the subsequent 20 years. Her latest research, undertaken jointly with Roberto, will be published as Miscegenación y Cul tura en la Colombia Colonial, 1750-1810.
Gutierrez de Pineda was recognized nationally. In 1967 she appeared on the cover of the weekly news magazine, El Tiempo, as the “Colombian Woman of the Year,” and in l997 President Ernesto Samper bestowed on her the “Cruz de Boyacá,” the highest Colombian decoration. Despite her prodigious research schedule she always found time to devote to her husband, four sons and six grandchildren, all of whom survive her, as well as to a wide international circle of colleagues. Her cooking was legendary among all fortunate enough to enjoy it, and her love and affection for family and friends will remain with us always. (Roberto Pineda & George Foster)

JOSEPH K LONG, 62, died October 6, 1999 in the Vanderbilt U Hospital in Nashville from Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis; he spent his last years in Greenville, KY. Long is remembered for his dry wit, his stoicism and toughness, and his willingness to do what he could to help young anthropologists. He is considered to be the founder of the Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness.
Born in 1937, Long received his PhD at UNC-Chapel Hill (1973) and an MS in Physical Anthropology at the U of Kentucky (1964). He had earned a BA at SMU (1959) where he served as an Instructor and Assistant Professor (1971-74). He then went to Plymouth State College of the U of New Hampshire, where he advanced to professor in 1980 and Emeritus status in 1992.
Long was a “four-field” applied anthropologist, with archaeological and sociocultural emphases. His fascination with the Southeast (The Hadden Village Site, Kentucky Archaeological Association Monograph 3, 1974) continued throughout his life. During recent years he served as a board member for the Duncan Cultural Center in Greenville, KY. His 6,000 piece collection is planned for donation to the Smithsonian Institution. His doctoral dissertation, “Jamaican Medicine: Choices Between Folk Healing and Modern Medicine” (1974) led him into medical anthropology (Shamanism, Trance and Hallucino gens, in The Realm of the Extrahuman, Vol 1, A Bharati, Ed, 1976, pp 301-13) and parapsychology. He became active in developing an integration of parapsychological research findings into anthropology (see his edited Extra sensory Ecology: Parapsychology and Anthropology, 1977). He was a consultant in the Psi-SEARCH Ex hibition of the California Museum of Science and Industry and the Smithsonian Institution (1973-75).
Long organized sessions on parapsychologial anthropology at AAA meetings beginning in Mexico City in 1974 and Los Angeles in 1978. But Long was also among anthropologists leading an attack on Casteneda, questioning his veracity and credibility at the AAA meeting in Los Angeles. He suffered an injury in 1979 prior to a visiting appointment at the U of California-Irvine in the Student Recommended Faculty Program. Medical mismanagement produced a variety of iatrogenic complications and heavy medication slowed his career.
Long continued as the central figure in the founding of what became the AAA section Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness. He served as President of its predecessors: the Association for Transpersonal Anthropology (1980-81) and the Association for the Anthropological Study of Consciousness (1984-86). Long was the program chair for several conferences held in conjunction with the Southwestern Anthropological Association in the early 1980s. He was the first editor of the Anthropology of Consciousness (1989-92). Long was also an Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1967).
In commemoration of Long’s contributions through exploration of Pilot Rock Cave, Thomas G Barr, Jr reverently named Pseudanopthalmus longi, a blind cave beetle, after Long. Long’s vita lists it as his ultimate honor. (Michael Winkelman)

ALBERT BERTRAND ELSASSER, 81, died November 14, 1999, of kidney failure, at his home in El Cerrito, CA. Elsasser was noted for his research in California archaeology and his work for the Lowie (now Hearst) Museum, U of California at Berkeley, where he spent his entire professional career.
Born in San Francisco on June 7, 1918, Elsasser was a lifelong resident of the San Francisco Bay area. He served for four years in the peace-time Navy and another four years in Europe with the Airborne Army during World War II. After briefly attending London’s Trinity College of Music (1945), he enrolled in the U of California Berkeley, the site of all his anthropological training: BA (1950), MA (1960), and Ph.D (1965). As an undergraduate Elsasser was attracted to archaeology through classes with Robert Heizer. The professional relationship that he formed with Heizer would last until his professor’s death in 1979.
Elsasser began to work at UC-Berkeley as a museum preparator (1951), before moving the following academic year to Heizer’s UC Archae ological Survey as a graduate research archaeologist (1952-61). Elsasser’s most important excavations were on the north coast, Napa County, and especially the central Sierra Nevadas, the site of his masters research. Elsasser was the first to describe the region’s Martis Complex and to establish its basic chronology. His doctoral dissertation, The Archaeology of the North Coast of Cali fornia, focused on the relationship of the North Coast to more northerly Northwest Coast cultures and is regarded as a classic synthesis.
Before obtaining his doctorate, Elsasser re turned to the Lowie Museum, where he served successively as graduate and postgraduate re search archaeologist (1962-65), assistant research anthropologist (1966-69) and associate research anthropologist (1970-79). Elsasser was responsible for the exhibition program, as coordinator, curator and catalogue author. Among the most significant were Art of the Northwest Coast (with Michael Harner, 1965), Ancient Egypt (1966), and Treasures of the Lowie Museum (1968). His flair for exhibits was an expression of his fundamental passion for communicating anthropology to the general public.
Elsasser authored many books and papers on California and Nevada Indians and archaeology. Two of the more important were Drawn From Life (1977), an innovative compendium of early drawings, paintings and engravings of California Indians, which he co-authored with Theodora Kroeber and Robert Heizer, and The Natural World of the California Indians (1980), another collaboration with Heizer. This volume is still one of the best introductions to California Indian life. Elsas ser also played an active role with the Cali fornia volume of the Handbook of North American Indians (1978), serving on the planning committee and writing four chapters.
After retiring, Elsasser continued his association with the museum as a research associate (1979-81) and postdoctoral fellow (1981-85). He became active in the Bay Area Rock Art Asso ciation, and remained a valued resource for those interested in California archaeology. In 1986 he was honored with a Lifetime Achieve ment Award from the Society for California Archeology.
Albert Elsasser is survived by his wife, Winifred Hawxhurst Elsasser, and son Albert H. Elsasser. (Ira Jacknis. Photo by Eugene Prince.)

FRANCIS LANG-KWANG HSU, 90, 62nd AAA president (1977-78), died in Tiburon, CA, Decem ber 15, 1999—he was born in Chuang Ho, China, on October 28, 1909, HSU graduated from Shang hai U (1933) and took his doctorate from the London School of Economics (1940), where he studied under Malinowski. He then returned to China where he met his wife, Vera. In 1944, Hsu and his wife came to America, invited by Ralph Linton, to teach at Columbia, and then Cornell before settling in at Northwestern U in 1947. After retirement in 1978, he moved to Mill Valley, CA, to become the Director of the Center for Cultural Studies, U of San Francisco while simultaneously serving as Fellow and Senior Specialist at the East-West Center, U of Hawaii, and as a member of Aca demia Sinica in Taiwan.
Hsu did fieldwork in China, India, Japan and America; he was never out of the field because his primary work—to which he gave great time and care—was about the “grammar” of American culture especially as it contrasted with Chinese character. All his life he took notes on Americans, identifying and defining the roots of their “weird” ways.
Hsu’s first book, Under the Ancestors’ Shadow, was first published in 1948—it is still in print. Americans and Chinese went through many editions and almost as many subtitles. Its original subtitle was Two Ways of Life. In the 1970 edition it became Americans and Chinese: Purpose and Fulfillment in Great Civilizations, and in the 1981 edition, Americans and Chinese: Passage to Differ ences. That last is still in print. He wrote a book about his fieldwork in Japan (Iemoto: The Heart of Japan, 1975). In Clan, Caste and Club he compared both Americans and Chinese to the material he had gathered in India. Rugged Individualism Reconsidered is in print with a 1994 date, although its first edition was earlier. The Overseas Chinese that Hsu co-edited with his former student Hendrick Serrie is dated 1998. He worked long, hard and enviably effectively.
Hsu served as associate editor of the Journal of Comparative Family Studies, on the international board of the Journal of Social Psychiatry, and was editor of Aspects of Culture and Personality.
Hsu was a Viking fellow (1944-45); he received grants from the Wenner-Gren Foundation (1949-50, 1955-57, 1966-70, 1972-73, 1975-76 and 1985-86), and from the Social Science Research Council (1949-50). He was a Rockefeller Foun dation fellow (1955-57) and grantee of Carnegie Corporation (1964-65). He was almost a fixture at the East-West Center, U of Hawaii, having been a senior specialist there both before and after his retirement.
Hsu is survived by his wife Vera and their two daughters, Eileen Hsu-Balzer and Penalope Hsu-Prapuolenis, and three grandchildren. The Anthropology Department at Northwestern U has established a fund for scholarships in his honor. Donations in his memory may be directed to Timothy Earle, Chair, Dept of Anthropol ogy, Northwestern U, Evanston, IL 60208-1310.
Although Francis Hsu specialized in psychological anthropology, he was in the middle of almost everything anthropological in Asia, Europe and North America. We used to tease him about being a personality who had truly found his culture. We—and his culture—will miss him. (Paul Bohannan)

CATHERINE JANE MACMILLAN, 69, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Central Washington U, died October 26, 1999 in Ellensburg, WA, of complications resulting from myelodysplasia. During her 27-year teaching career at CWU, Catherine MacMillan (or “Katie Sands”) was especially recognized as an inspired un dergraduate teacher. Her enthusiasm for general anthropology, forensic applications, non-verbal communication, Northwest Indian art and cultures, and museology, triggered lifelong interests for her students from diverse disciplines.
Catherine was born in 1930 in Coeur d’Alene, ID, the daughter of Sheldon and Kathryn (McIntyre) McMillan. Her father served as police chief and later postmaster in Coeur d’Alene; her early and mostly sympathetic experiences with small town jail inmates may have been partly responsible for her lifelong interest in human behavior and understanding its variation. After graduating from high school, she worked at Kaiser Aluminum for five years, then became a trained x-ray technician and worked for several years at the heart center of Seattle’s Providence Hospital. In 1966 she received a BA in Anthro pology from the U of Washington, and subsequently earned an MA from Washington State U (1971).
Catherine was an active member of the CWU faculty from 1968 until her retirement in 1995. She successfully chaired the Department of Anthropology and Museum during three separate terms, as well as the CWU Faculty Senate (1973-74). Before retirement she had been an active organizer/participant with the Northwest Anthropology Conference, constant contributor to the work of university and departmental committees, and was frequently invited to speak before public school classes and community groups.
In 1992 Catherine became a full member of the Physical Anthropology section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Advanced training in facial reconstruction, death investigation and the role of expert witnesses led to numerous presentations and case consultation with Central Washington police agencies during the 1980s-1990s. Her membership and participation in the AAFS was a special source of pride for Catherine and her departmental colleagues. She had recently appeared on television reports in the US and Britain in connection with Kennewick Man finds.
A devout Roman Catholic and strong advocate for the reality of biological evolution, Catherine made clear that religion and science are not opposing philosophies. She was a faithful member of the Altar Society at St Andrew’s Catholic Church. Her distinctive characteristics included being a superb cook; wearing elegant hats with coordinated outfits; pride in her Scottish heritage, including a love of fine scotch; coffee-table books including graphic forensic descriptions; and a boundless faith in human salvation. Friends, colleagues and students remember an honest, expressive, humorous, caring person with firm opinions, who loved a friendly argument and thrived on intelligent disagreement.
Catherine Jane MacMillan is survived by her daughter Mary Catherine Coles. (Anne Denman)

JOHN BEACH RINALDO, 87, formerly of the National Park Service and Civilian Conservation Corps, died November 29, 1999 in Des Moines, IA. Born November 29, 1912 in Wheaton, IL, Rinaldo graduated from Carleton C (1934), attended Harvard School of Business (1935) and earned his MA and PhD from the U of Chicago. He was associated with the National Park Service and the Civilian Conservation Corps, as well as having been involved in administrative and expedition positions with the Chicago Museum of Natural History. He was also associated with the Amerind Foundation in Dragoon, AZ, taught at Cochise C in Douglas, AZ, and was director of the Flexible Steel Lacing Company. Rinaldo served in the US Army during World War II.
John Rindaldo is survived by his wife of 48 years, Ruth Bauer, and brother Peter. (Peter Rinaldo)

PERCY COHEN, 71, retired sociologist at the London School of Economics, died September 15, 1999 in England. Born in Durban, South Africa, August 26, 1928, Cohen trained at the LSE as a social anthropologist and was fiercely critical of the apartheid regime in South Africa. He held teaching posts in the sociology departments of Leicester U and then the LSE, where he was promoted to a personal chair in 1971. Cohen is best known for his textbook, Modern Social Theory (1968) and for his studies of ethnicity in Israel, culminating in Radical Jews, Jewish Radicals (1980). He was also Editor of the British Journal of Sociology (1982-88). During the 1970s he chaired the Advisory Committee of the Social Science Research Council’s Research Unit on Ethnic Relations at Bristol. Percy Cohen is survived by his wife Ruthie, and their three daughters.


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