Department of Anthropology

In Memory of Dr. Richard N. Adams

Thu, September 13, 2018
In Memory of Dr. Richard N. Adams

Professor Emeritus Richard N. Adams, Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, passed away Tuesday, September 11, 2018. He was 94 years old.

Dr. Adams was the Rapoport Centennial Professor Emeritus of Liberal Arts and a fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 1973. In 1947, he earned his BA from Michigan, his MA from Yale in 1949, and his Ph.D. in 1951. His work, Crucifixion by Power: Essays on Guatemalan National Social Structure, 1944-1966, (University of Texas Press, 1968), remains one of the most influential scholarly books on Guatemala written in English.

After his retirement from UT in 1990, Dr. Adams and his wife Betty Hannstein Adams lived mainly in Guatemala, where both served as friends and mentors to several generations of scholars in and from Guatemala. Their oldest daughter Tani Marilena Adams, passed away in 2017. He is survived by Betty and their children, Walter and Gina.

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