News for Monday, April 1, 2013

Dr. Linda Cordell, SAR Senior Scholar, Passes Away

Linda Cordell at Sapawe Pueblo (1964)Linda Cordell at Tijeras Pueblo (1975)
Linda Cordell at Sapawe Pueblo (1964)Linda Cordell at Tijeras Pueblo (1975)
Linda Cordell at the CU Museum of Natural History (2000)Linda Cordell in Chaco Canyon (1989)
Linda Cordell at the CU Museum of Natural History (2000)Linda Cordell in Chaco Canyon (1989)
Linda Cordell at Tijeras Pueblo (1985)Linda Cordell at Arrowhead Ruin (2013)Linda Cordell at Arrowhead Ruin (2013)Photograph by James Snead
Linda Cordell at Tijeras Pueblo (1985)Linda Cordell at Arrowhead Ruin (2013)

Dr. Linda Cordell, a senior scholar at the School for Advanced Research, passed away unexpectedly on March 29, 2013. Dr. Cordell was an eminent scholar who literally wrote the book on Southwestern archaeology, with her Archaeology of the Southwest recently appearing in its third edition. Her skills as a researcher and writer were recognized over the years with many honors, from the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for American Archaeology and the A.V. Kidder Medal from the American Anthropological Association, to her election as a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Perhaps even more importantly, Dr. Cordell was a great mentor to many students and colleagues over the years, all of whom mourn the loss of such a wonderful person and generous scholar. More information on Dr. Cordell's impressive career can be found on her SAR Senior Scholar page.

Information on a memorial gathering will be announced at a later date.

Tributes to Dr. Cordell

Linda Cordell was a superb scholar, a skilled administrator, and a wonderful person. She was a prolific writer, a superb field archaeologist, and a great mentor to a large number of students and colleagues. Her Archaeology of the Southwest is a standard reference (and recently was published in a third edition with Maxine McBrinn). Her accomplishments were deeply appreciated by her peers, as witnessed by her election to the National Academy of Sciences, her selection of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for American Archaeology, and the A.V. Kidder Medal from the American Anthropological Association, among many honors she received. I had great respect and affection for Linda and will really miss her.
Jeremy Sabloff, President, Santa Fe Institute

I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Linda Cordell. My heart and prayers go out to all her friends, family, and colleagues. She was a true professional and loved her work, she is one great example of how we should live our lives, she will be missed, we will hold on to all the great memories of her and the good things she has done for everyone. She has inspired us all.
Ben Chavarria, Santa Clara Pueblo

Linda was an inspiration to all of us who pursue research in Archaeology. With her questioning mind and steadfast encouragement, she was a motivating force for many students and colleagues. It was an honor to work with her in the course of several ceramics projects over the past 25 years, and as a member of the Friends of Tijeras Pueblo group. Her dedication to quality work was legendary. So many of us owe her so much.
Hayward H. Franklin, Maxwell Museum

Linda visited us at Washington State late last semester to give some talks. She spent most of her time with students--both graduate and undergraduate. They were excited to have a chance to talk with the person who "wrote the book" about Southwestern archaeology, and to find that she was also excited to hear what they were doing and to share new ideas and information with them. It was practically non-stop for two days. After her main talk, the questions kept coming from both students and faculty until we finally had to call a halt so people could get dinner. It was a marvelous visit, and we all felt buoyed up by Linda's energy, enthusiasm, and incredible fund of knowledge. It's terribly sad to know that now suddenly she's gone, but at least we have those personal memories of the wonderful few days she spent with us last fall.
Bill Lipe, Washington State University

Linda was an academic power house. She was a totally great professor and a wonderful mentor. What I will remember about her most was her kindness and concern for me as one of her students and her playfulness and sense of fun, especially at Rowe Pueblo. What a sweet human being. I am saddened at her passing but am and remain totally grateful that she was an important part of not only my professional but my personal life.
—John Acklen