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June 22, 2014
I knew Ted as my professor for several classes, and went on a dig to Galivants Ferry in the summer of '85. Summer school, we dug up sherds and bone fragments, even a couple of arrowheads. You were the man Dr. Rathbun. SLED had to come and take him to identify some girls being murdered by a serial kiler. Iearned a lot from you and appreciate your willingless to teach me. I did get my minor in Archeaology.
June 11, 2014
Dr. Rathbun was my professor and advisor at USC when I was an anthropology major in the early 80s. He was brilliant, funny, inspiring and an all around wonderful guy. I was really saddened when I learned of his death. The world lost a great person.
May 18, 2014
I was in Dr. Rathbun's Forensic Anthropology class in the 80s when I returned to USC for grad school. I have told many friends over the years how Dr. Rathbun inspired me. My condolences to family and friends.
March 23, 2014
I was a student of Dr. Rathbun. He changed my thinking and my life.
September 10, 2013
I first met Dr. Ted Rathbun when he was an instructor at a Southern Institute of Forensic Science course in New Orleans in 2001. We subsequently renewed our acquaintance at several AAFS meetings thereafter. Ted was an incredibly kind, outgoing, engaging, and warm man with a wonderful sense of humour, who seemed to delight in teaching. There was no question too trivial for him to provide a detailed answer. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of forensic anthropology which he was always keen to share.

In the words of Chief Seattle, “There is no death, only a change of worlds.” My most sincere condolences to Ted's family. Ranald Donaldson MD, Victoria, B.C., Canada.
March 26, 2013
I first met Ted in 1972 when I was a sophomore at Kansas State University, attending my first meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists in Lawrence, KS. Ted was one of the first professionals I met, and I have enjoyed knowing him ever since. He was thoughtful, offered me great advice over the years, and recommended to me a student of his who became one of my first Ph.D. students. We've lost a good guy, and a wonderful colleague.

Clark Larsen
February 08, 2013
Ted Was a great man to know. just knew him casually. Ted was always a friendly nice man ,,fun to be around !
February 07, 2013
Dear Babette, We have not seen each other since the Summer of 1966 when we were in Peace Corps training for Iran. Many of us young married couples and singles looking for adventure and a way to do good. None of us knowing our potential and eager to begin. So sorry to learn of Ted's death and that I missed the last 44 years of his and your wonderful life. Hope to see you in Boston this June. Emily Bettencourt (Davies), RPCV, Iran 12
February 05, 2013
I knew Ted for many years at USC, and I was always scheming to get him to teach an honors course for my students. When he did, the results were dynamite. Ted, one of the best -- as a friend, as a colleague and as an example to us all. Love the grin!
--Bill Mould
January 24, 2013
Marzena and I are so very saddened to hear of Ted's passing. Such a wonderful colleague and a great sense of humour. As for his ability as a dancer, we both fondly remember Ted shagging with Norma Palms at one memorable Octoberfest in the parking lot of the President's House. Ted, we will both miss you. Babette and Joel, we are so sorry for your loss.

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