Alumnae Bulletin February 2009

Jane C. Goodale, Professor Emerita of Anthropology

Professor Emerita of Anthropology Jane C. Goodale died on November 5, 2008, in Bedford,Massachusetts after a long battle with pulmonary hypertension. She earned her B.A. and M.A. from Radcliffe, and her Ph.D. in 1959 from the University of Pennsylvania. A faculty member at Bryn Mawr from 1959 until her retirement in 1996, Goodale was a committed teacher and a prolific scholar. These twinned interests were joined in the publication of Encounters with American Ethnic Groups, a collection of essays by 13 Bryn Mawr undergraduates, two graduate students, and two faculty members that she co-edited with Professor of Anthropology Philip Kilbride and Elizabeth Ameisen ’84,MA ’85.

Goodale’s own research as a social and cultural anthropologist focused on the Tiwi of North Australia and the Kaulong of the New Britain Territory of New Guinea. She became an authority on the Tiwi, the aboriginal people inhabiting Melville Island, having visited them over a period of almost 50 years She specialized in gender studies and was one of the first to focus on women’s roles in primitive cultures. Her book Tiwi Wives, The Tiwi of North Australia (with C.W.M. Hart and Arnold R. Pilling), became a standard reference for many women’s study courses. She also wrote To Sing with Pigs is Human: The Concept of Person in Papua New Guinea, and Two Party Line: Conversations in the Bush (with Ann Chowning) about the Kaulong, as well as many articles and monographs.

Goodale was an active member of the American Anthropological Association, a founder and member of the Association of Social Anthropologists in Oceania, and other professional organizations.

Her last winters were spent at the Carleton Willard Village, where she lectured on her field trips and earned three medals for swimming in the senior Olympics. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Condolences may be sent to her sister, Susan B. Hay, 24 Bedford Court, Bedford,Massachusetts 01730.

Sarah Markley, College Switchboard Operator

Sarah Markley died on January 15, 2009.Miss Markley worked as the College’s switchboard operator for 43 years, from 1951 to 1994, and her voice was instantly familiar to generations of students, faculty and staff. Services were held on January 24 at Riverside Cemetery Mausoleum Chapel in West Norriton, Pennsylvania. The family requests that donations be made to a favorite charity. Condolences may be sent to her brother, Harry Markley, 3 Lafiya Dr., Elmyra, Pennsylvania 17078