Memorial service for Sol Tax on Nov. 20
A memorial service for Sol Tax (Ph.D.'35), an internationally renowned anthropologist, will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20, in Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall.
Tax, Professor Emeritus and former Chairman of Anthropology and former Dean of the University Extension, died Jan. 4. He was 87.
Speakers at the memorial service will include Manning Nash, Professor Emeritus in Anthropology; Anne Terry Straus, Lecturer in the Social Sciences Division; and Leon Despres, a former Chicago alderman.
Tax joined the University faculty in 1940. A specialist on Native American cultures, he organized anthropology as a global discipline and helped establish the field of action anthropology, an approach in which researchers work to help solve social problems. He was the founder of Current Anthropology, an international journal that publishes research and commentary, and edited that journal for 17 years.
He is survived by his wife, Gertrude Katz Tax; daughters Susan Freeman of Chicago and Marianna Choldin of Champaign, Ill.; and three grandchildren.