Robin FoxDr. Robin Fox, a pioneering figure in the world of anthropology and esteemed founder of the Department of Anthropology at Rutgers University, passed away on the morning of January 18, 2024, at the age of 89. His legacy as a scholar, teacher, and mentor will forever shape the landscape of social and biological anthropology.

Born on July 15, 1934, in Yorkshire, England, Dr. Fox dedicated his life to unraveling the complexities of human behavior, social organization, and kinship systems. Throughout his illustrious career, he authored groundbreaking works shedding light on the intricate interplay between culture, biology, and society.

Kinship and Marriage by Robin FoxDr. Fox's seminal contributions include Kinship and Marriage: An Anthropological Perspective, The Imperial Animal, The Tory Islanders: A People of the Celtic Fringe, and Participant Observer: A Memoir of a Transatlantic Life, which have left an indelible mark on the fields of anthropology, sociology, and intellectual history. His interdisciplinary approach and profound insights have inspired generations of scholars to explore the multifaceted nature of human existence with rigor and curiosity.

In addition to his professional endeavors, Dr. Fox was a devoted family man, cherished friend, and passionate advocate for the pursuit of knowledge. His legacy of intellectual curiosity, and dedication will continue to inspire future generations of scholars and thinkers. While we mourn the loss of a visionary scholar, we also celebrate his enduring legacy.


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