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May M. Ebihara-Gelfand ’55

May M. Ebihara-Gelfand ’55, April 24, 2005. May received a bachelor’s degree from Reed in anthropology, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. She began her advanced study in anthropology at Columbia University, and among distinctions, received a Ford Foundation fellowship. She received a PhD in 1968, and taught in the department of anthropology at Lehman College, CUNY, and in the PhD program in anthropology at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She served as chair of the department and was a member of the Academy of Sciences. May married Marvin Gelfand and they had two sons. Her sister, Grace Ebihara Akiyama ’50, and brother-in-law, Henry I. Akiyama ’53, also attended Reed.

Appeared in Reed magazine: August 2005

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