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Jane Carter Goodale

May 18, 1926 — November 5, 2008

Jane C. Goodale,PhD, (82) died on November 5, 2008 at Carleton Willard Village after a long battle with pulmonary hypertension. She was born in Boston, grew up in Cambridge and spent childhood summers in Ipswich, Mass.

She graduated from The Oldfields School in Glencoe, MD (1944), studied Anthropology at Radcliffe College (BA 1948, MA 1951), and received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1959. She came to Bryn Mawr College, PA where she taught in the Anthropology Department from 1959-1996. During her tenure at Bryn Mawr she was one of the chairs of the Department and supervised nine candidates for their doctoral degrees. Her students referred to her as a wonderful mentor.

Her career at Bryn Mawr was enhanced by sabbatical field trips to the Northern Territory of Australia. She became an authority on the Tiwi, the aboriginal people inhabiting Melville Island, having visited them for over a period of almost fifty 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" became a standard reference for many Women's Study Courses. She wrote "Two Party Line" and "To Sing with Pigs is Human", about the Kaulong of New Britain (part of Papua, New Guinea) visited in the 1960's and in 1973. She was the author of many monographs and articles as well. She was a member of the American Anthropological Association, a founder and member of the Association of Social Anthropologists in Oceana and other professional organizations.

When not teaching or on her field trips, Professor Goodale spent time in her own home in Ipswich. Her grandfather Joseph L. Goodale founded the Goodale Orchards (now Russell Orchards). She was an active tennis player, enjoyed swimming and sailing and family reunions.

Her last winters were spent at Carleton Willard Village where she lectured on her field trips, enjoyed bell ringing and Canasta. She earned three medals for swimming in the Senior Olympics.

She is survived by two sisters, Susan B. Hay of Bedford; Mary B. Crowther of Brattleboro, VT and a brother Dr. Robert L. Goodale of Minneapolis, MN. She had many nieces and nephews and godchildren.

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