Department of Anthropology Golden Jubilee

Welcome to our Golden Jubilee

This year we celebrate 50 years of Anthropology at SMU. It all started back in an exhilarating fall semester during 1964, when Fred Wendorf and Ron Wetherington first introduced anthropology to Southern Methodist University.

With this issue, we begin a twice-monthly webpage to help celebrate our 50th anniversary. Each issue will feature a selection of undergrad and grad students from our past 50 years: what they focused on here, what they did in the real world, and what they are currently involved in. We will also feature faculty of the past, including a memorial for faculty who have passed away. We finally will continually update our schedule of events and speakers - which begin next fall.

Let us hear from you, and send us suggestions!

~ Ronald Wetherington

  • Billye S. Fogleman Taylor, PhD 1972

    Billye received her PhD from SMU in May, 1972. Her dissertation was on Native Americans in Dallas. She initially took a position with the Dallas Independent School District working on multi-cultural education projects, and also taught cultural anthropology at several local colleges and universities. Continue Reading

  • Sue Linder-Lindsey, MA 1995

    My life at SMU focused on cultural resource management, contracting, and quantitative/qualitative analysis. After completing a Master's in Archaeology, I worked for the Anthropology Department as the Director of Collections Management.

    Since leaving SMU, I have had amazing experiences. The first of these was as the Executive Director for the Chickasaw Cultural Center with the Chickasaw Nation. I directed the construction, exhibit, and public programming for the 110-acre cultural center and interfaced with 50 collaborating contributors across the country...Continue reading

  • Robin Gray-Reed, BA 2005

    Robin Gray-Reed (Anthropology/Foreign Languages) went on to a career in maternal and child health care. She graduated in 2013 with a master of science in nursing degree from Seattle University and is working as a certified nurse-midwife, international board certified lactation consultant, and forensic nurse. Continue reading...

  • Robert Van Kemper

    Robert Van Kemper, 67, Professor of Anthropology at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, died on November 8, 2013, after a long battle with complications related to multiple myeloma.

    Van was born November 21, 1945, in San Diego, CA, and graduated from the University of California, Riverside in 1966. He received his M.A. (1969) and Ph.D. (1971) from the University of California, Berkeley. Van began his academic career at Southern Methodist University in the fall of 1972, reaching the rank of Professor in 1983. Continue reading...