Department of Anthropology

Terence Turner, anthropologist and human rights advocate for indigenous people, 1935-2015

Prof. Emeritus Terence Turner, a UChicago anthropologist who did research in the Amazon basin and became a proponent for the rights of indigenous people, died Nov. 7 in Ithaca, N.Y. He was 79. In 1962 Turner began working among the Kayapo, who live in small villages in central Brazil—returning to the area on an almost annual basis. His research covered topics such as social organization and kinship; myth, ritual and history; political organization and mobilization; values and inter-ethnic...

Paul W. Friedrich, anthropologist and linguist, 1927-2016

Editor's note: A memorial service for Paul W. Friedrich will be held Oct. 28 at 4 p.m. in Bond Chapel Paul W. Friedrich, an anthropologist, linguist and poet whose sweeping scholarship ranged from agrarian reform in Mexico to Russian lyric poetry to ties between Thoreau’s Walden and Hindu scripture, died at his home on Aug. 11. He was 88 years old. Friedrich taught for five decades as a professor at the University of Chicago, while reaching across disciplines, cultures and languages in his...

Robert McCormick Adams, anthropologist, former provost and Oriental Institute director, 1926-2018

By 1950, University of Chicago student Robert McCormick Adams had already been a steel mill worker, a physics student and a Navy radio technician, and thought he wanted to be a journalist. Then one day his professor, renowned anthropologist Robert Braidwood, had a sudden opening on an archaeological dig in the foothills of Iraq that would change Adams’ life. Adams, PhB’47, AM’52, PhD’56, was picked because he knew how to work on cars, but the chance trip would lead to decades of digs in Iraq,...