Dr. Ward H. Goodenough, professor emeritus of anthropology, passed away June 9, 2013, at age 94.
Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he lived in England and Germany as a child while his father studied at the University of Oxford. Dr. Goodenough earned his bachelor's degree in Scandinavian languages and literature from Cornell University in 1940 and his doctoral degree in anthropology from Yale University in 1949. He served in the US Army from 1941 to 1945.
After teaching at the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Goodenough was appointed to the Penn faculty in 1949 as an assistant professor of anthropology. He was promoted to associate professor in 1954 and to full professor in 1962. He remained at Penn until his retirement in 1989, also serving as the department chair (1976-1982), a University professor (1980-1989) and a consulting curator in the Oceania Section of the Penn Museum.
Dr. Goodenough did fieldwork in Oceania, both in Micronesia and Melanesia.
He had been a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and a Guggenheim Fellow.
Dr. Goodenough is survived by his two sons, Oliver Goodenough and Garrick Gallagher; two daughters, Hester Gelber and Deborah Gordon; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
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