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Bruce A. Cox ’56

Bruce A. Cox ’56, December 11, 2001. Graduating from Reed in psychology, Bruce issued a self-fulfilling prophesy that he would "end up teaching at university" if he didn’t find a "proper trade." He attended the University of Oregon, graduating with an MA in anthropology in 1959. He served as a research anthropologist at the University of California School of Public Health in 1961, and was appointed to the Lewis & Clark faculty in anthropology and geography in 1964. In 1968 he received a PhD in anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, and subsequently took a position in the sociology and anthropology department at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, from which he retired in 1999. At Carleton, where he was admired for his scholarly enthusiasm, humor, and capable mentoring, he taught both undergraduate and graduate courses, and was the anthropology editor for the university’s press. Bruce received a research grant in 1980 from the Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada to write The Trade in Country Foods at Fort Churchill, 1717–1760. In 1983–84, he spent a sabbatical year at the Scott Polar Research Institute at the University of Cambridge, England. His scholarly publications focused on conflict resolution, ethnohistory, and intellectual history, and his published books included Native Peoples, Native Lands, and a biography on anthropologist William Rivers. He was married for 40 years to Margaret Horn, and they had two daughters and son.

Appeared in Reed magazine: November 2002

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