Donald S. Pitkin (1922–2012)


Amherst College notes the passing of Professor Emeritus of Anthropology Donald S. Pitkin on May 11, 2012. Pitkin introduced anthropology to the Amherst curriculum when he joined the faculty in 1964. He retired from the college in 1992.

An obituary with more information is available here.

A memorial service is planned for 1 p.m. on Sept. 8, 2012, in Johnson Chapel.

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Donald S. Pitkin Prize The Donald S. Pitkin Prize in Anthropology-Sociology, established in honor of the founder of the department on the occasion of his retirement, is given to that student whose honors thesis best exemplifies the humane values to which Professor Pitkin committed his research and teaching.