William A. Longacre Is Sixth Thompson Award Recipient

The School of Anthropology is pleased to announce that William A. Longacre, Former Head of the Department of Anthropology and Riecker Professor Emeritus, is the 2016–2017 recipient of the School of Anthropology Raymond H. Thompson Award! The award was instituted at the University of Arizona Department (now School) of Anthropology 90th Anniversary Celebration Gala Event to honor Professor Ray Thompson, the third Head of Anthropology. It honors Dr. Thompson’s long-standing contributions to the development of anthropology as a discipline at the University of Arizona and beyond, and is given to an anthropologist to recognize his or her unique contributions to anthropology at the University of Arizona. Dr. Longacre is preceded by an impressive group of recipients:
Arthur Jelinek (2005–2006)

  • Jane Hill (2008–2009)
  • Stephen Zegura (2009–2010)
  • Carol A. Gifford (2013–2014)
  • Jefferson Reid (2014–2015)

Dr. Longacre’s award will be presented at the SoA Centennial Gala on Friday, December 4, which will be held at the Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa. At the event, selected members of his nominating committee will share with the attendees his contributions to UA Anthropology. Dr. Thompson himself will bestow the medal, and Dr. Longacre will have an opportunity to speak as well.