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Genevieve Head ’83

October 4, 2022, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Genevieve was born in Evanston, Illinois, and moved with her family to Albuquerque, New Mexico, when she was nine. Graduating from Manzano High School, she attended Reed, where she met Courtney White ’82 during orientation week of their freshman year. They were together for more than 40 years. She wrote her thesis, “Start the Revolutions without Me: Theoretical Advances in Modern American Archaeology,” advised by Prof. Claude Vaucher [anthropology 1963–94].

After earning a master’s degree from UCLA, Gen chose a career in archaeology and accepted a job in Santa Fe with the National Park Service as a researcher and project director. In 2008, she joined the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s Cultural Resources section, eventually becoming its tribal consultant specialist. Inspired by her children, Sterling and Olivia, she became active with the Upstart Crows, a youth Shakespeare troupe in Santa Fe. She loved her family, archaeology, New Mexico, and all things Shakespeare.

She is survived by her husband, Courtney White, and their children, Sterling White ’21 and Olivia White.

Appeared in Reed magazine: June 2023

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