The GCAS is saddened to report that our group's friend and one of our past Featured Speakers, Warren DeBoer, passed away at age 74 on May 24, 2020, in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Our hearts go out to his wife Sara Stinson, his sister Ainsley, and the rest of his family. His family remembers:
"Professor Warren DeBoer joined the Department of Anthropology at Queens College in 1972 and retired in 2012. Universally loved by students, Dr. DeBoer taught Introduction to Archaeology, Peoples of North America, and Archaeology of North America, foundational courses for our anthropology majors, for 40 years.
With an infectious dry humor, he had the ability to walk into a classroom and simply start talking, and his analytical mind seemed to never stop turning. Dr. DeBoer was a prolific renaissance archaeologist whose many accomplishments were not confined to a particular area, time, or topic. He is best known for his ethnoarchaeological and ethnohistorical work in South America, where he studied modern behaviors of indigenous peoples to help to understand patterns observed by archaeologists. This work involved a range of topics such as cultural ecology, ceramic decoration and use-life, manioc consumption, feasting, ceremonial areas, and raiding. Dr. DeBoer also conducted archaeological research on ancient populations in North America, examining topics such as storage pits and the economic surplus, exchange networks and sacred journeys, and gambling. As a great writer, he was able to communicate to a broad range of scholars and his research will likely remain important to archaeology and beyond for generations to come. Many members of the Department of Anthropology today still regard Dr. DeBoer as a father figure and we were deeply saddened by his death from esophageal cancer on May 24, 2020."
Celebrate Warren DeBoer's remarkable life and his authorship by reading some of his research as described in his CV at the City University of New York, and in his Wikipedia profile. Thank you for having touched our lives, Warren. We will miss you.