August 26, 2013 |
Igor Kopytoff, 83, a University of Pennsylvania anthropology professor who traveled the world before settling in Philadelphia to live for most of his life, died Friday, Aug. 9, from complications related to Parkinson's disease at Hahnemann University Hospital. Mr. Kopytoff was born in 1930 after his Russian parents fled to China to escape the Russian Revolution, said his daughter, Larissa Kopytoff. He and his brother were raised mostly in Shanghai, and through schooling, he learned to speak English and French but never Chinese, because he lived in a community of Russian refugees.
June 16, 2013 |
Ward H. Goodenough, 94, a longtime University of Pennsylvania professor whose work helped shape anthropology, died Sunday, June 9, of organ failure at the Quadrangle in Haverford. "Transcending the triteness of the terms, he was a true renaissance man and a consummate gentleman," his family said in a statement. Along with his academic work, Dr. Goodenough composed music and wrote poetry. Born in Cambridge, Mass., he lived in England and Germany as a child while his father studied at the University of Oxford.
May 15, 2013 |
Henrika "Riki" Kuklick, 70, of South Philadelphia, a retired professor who taught at the University of Pennsylvania for 32 years, died Sunday, May 12, of unknown causes at her home. A friend found her body; an autopsy was being conducted late Monday, according to the Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office. Dr. Kuklick retired in 2012 as a professor in Penn's department of history and sociology of science, where she specialized in the history of sociology and anthropology, department chair Robert Aronowitz said.
December 12, 2012 |
THE WORLD will soon come to an end. Everybody knows that by now. The Mayans predicted the coming cataclysm more than a thousand years ago: Dec. 21, 2012, or, at the latest, Dec. 23. It is strange, then, that "Maya: 2012 Lords of Time," the exhibit at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, runs through Jan. 13. Clearly, a major scheduling error has occurred. The Maya were an ancient civilization that flourished in what is now Central America and southern Mexico.
September 28, 2012 |
Robert J. Sharer, 72, of Landenberg, an archaeologist and authority on Mayan history and culture, and an emeritus curator at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, died Thursday, Sept. 20, of pancreatic cancer at a hospice in Delaware. Mr. Sharer, a professor emeritus, spent 40 years as a professor of anthropology at Penn and conducted research in Central America for nearly five decades. He was the author, coauthor, editor, or coeditor of more than 20 books and monographs.
May 4, 2012 |
For those worried about an apocalypse supposedly predicted by the Maya calendar and coming at the end of the year 2012, there's very good news at a spectacular exhibition that opens in the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology this weekend. That notion of the world's end is firmly debunked in "Maya 2012: Lords of Time. " So those stressed about what might happen come late December can exhale, thanks to the scholars involved in this fascinating study of the Maya culture - and their calendar.
December 30, 2011 |
IF OCEANS boil next year and ancient gods start sucking human souls into the fiery heavens, only then will you wish you had heeded the words of former Phillies catcher Darren Daulton. "The Mayan calendar stops at Dec. 21, 2012 - the date the Mayans believed the world would end," Dutch supposedly told Sports Illustrated in 2006. "On that day, at 11:11 a.m. Greenwich Mean Time, those who are ready to ascend will vanish from this plane of existence, like the crew of the Enterprise in Star Trek.
October 23, 2011 |
Gregory L. Possehl spent parts of his academic life on archaeological digs in South Asia, but he also paid attention to the West Philadelphia neighborhood of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. "One of the roles the University Museum plays is as a doorway for our neighbors to see what goes on at the University of Pennsylvania," Dr. Possehl explained in a 1985 Inquirer interview. Speaking of a Penn exhibit on the history of Buddhism meant in part to attract nonacademics, he noted: "This is an educational display that will be pretty, too, by the way. We don't mind being beautiful as long as we have our message.
June 28, 2010
Karen Marie Dohm, 58, of Havertown, an anthropologist and educator, died of cancer Saturday, June 5, at Dunwoody Care Center in Newtown Square. Dr. Dohm was coordinator of master's programs in basic sciences at Thomas Jefferson University from 1997 until illness forced her to retire in 2006. She also taught anthropology and scientific writing at Jefferson. Dr. Dohm grew up in Pittsburgh and Miami and earned a bachelor's degree in anthropology from the University of Florida. While earning a master's degree and doctorate in anthropology from Washington State University, she conducted archaeological research on the origins of pre-Anasazi cultures in Utah and Colorado.