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WARD H. GOODENOUGH
Over the years, Ward Goodenough has been arguably the association's most active Honorary Fellow, and many of us have come to know him from his participation at innumerable ASAO meetings. He contributed the concluding chapter to the very first ASAO volume in 1970, and has left his mark on many sessions and publications since. It seems safe to say that every ASAO member has been influenced in some way by Ward's theoretical and ethnographic insights. In addition, many of us have benefited from the personal interest that he has taken in ASAO and in us as individuals.
Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts on May 30, 1919, Ward Goodenough was the eldest of four children. He lived in England and Germany as a young child while his father studied for a doctorate at Oxford. He became fluent in German by age 4, and his fascination with languages--as well as an early interest in literature and classical music--has continued throughout his life. He attended Groton School and was a member of Telluride Scholarship House at Cornell University where he majored in Scandinavian Languages and Literature. Graduate work in anthropology at Yale was begun in 1940, interrupted in November 1941 by service in the U.S. Army, and resumed in 1946. In 1940, Goodenough was a Research Assistant to George Peter Murdock in the Cross-Cultural Survey, and in 1947 he accompanied Murdock and four others to Truk for seven months of field research as part of the Coordinated Investigation of Micronesian Anthropology (CIMA). This resulted in his Ph.D. dissertation in 1949, which subsequently was revised and published as Property, Kin, and Community on Truk (1951).
While completing his doctorate, Goodenough taught at the University of Wisconsin, Madison for a year in 1948; subsequently his academic career has been spent on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to his original fieldwork in Truk, Goodenough has done research in Kiribati (1951), in Lakalai, West New Britain (1954), and again in Truk (1964). He was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford (1958), President of the Society for Applied Anthropology (1963), Editor of the American Anthropologist (1966- 70), elected to the National Academy of Sciences (1971), a Guggenheim Fellow (1979-80), a Visiting Professor at the University of Hawai'i (1982-83), received the American Anthropological Association's Distinguished Service Award (1986), and in 1987 was both a Fulbright lecturer at St. Patrick's College in Ireland and president of the Institute on Religion in an Age of Science. Along with his prolific and provocative anthropological writings, Goodenough also composes music and writes poetry.
Mac Marshall, University of Iowa (Fall 1989 Newsletter)