In Memoriam: Dr. Richard Schaedel, 1920-2005
Posted: December 20, 2005
Richard Schaedel, former Professor of Anthropology, passed away December 9, 2005, at the age of 85, after a bout with pneumonia.
A Ph.D. of Yale University, Dr. Schaedel had taught at the University of Texas since 1964 when he also began his long association with ILAS (now LLILAS), then located in a three-story Victorian house at 214 Archway on the UT central campus. Dr. Schaedel served as an editor for ILAS Publications and was founding editor of the Latin American Research Review. He also served as associate director of ILAS from 1967-69.
While living and working in northern Peru in the late 1940s, Dr. Schaedel founded the Instituto de Antropologia at the Universidad de Trujillo, which in 1971 named him Honorary Professor and in 1987 Doctor Honoris Causa. He also worked in Chile, Haiti, Mexico, Venezuela, and Berlin, to name just a few. Both an anthropologist and archaeologist, Dr. Schaedel had a wide range of research interests from community development to Andean stone sculpture to Moche ethnography, which earned him the respect and admiration of his colleagues and many students. His lively intellect and scholarly generosity will be missed by all who knew and worked with him.