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OWEN M. LYNCH

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LYNCH--Owen M. PhD. Owen M. Lynch, PhD., of New York City passed away peacefully on April 26, 2013. He was 82 years old. Owen was the Charles F. Noyes Professor of Anthropology at New York University from 1974 until his retirement in 2003. Previously he taught on the Anthropology faculty of SUNY Binghamton. His contributions to urban anthropology and to the study of the Dalit community, formerly known as Untouchables, emotions in Indian life and the politics of emancipation led to his recognition as one of the outstanding scholars of South Asia. His works demonstrated his personal belief that anthropology could be a force of social action and justice. He was a central figure in shaping both the anthropological community and the South Asianist community in New York City. He was loved and respected by his family, students and colleagues, not only for his professional work but for his generosity of time and spirit, his good humor, and his soft-spoken, wise and fully-engaged presence. He was a graduate of Brooklyn Prep, Fordham University and Columbia University. Owen is survived by his brother, John Lynch of East Rockaway, NY, his sister, Betty Dowling of Natrona Heights, PA, and seventeen nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held on Friday, October 25, 2013, at 12:00pm at The Faculty House of Columbia University, 64 Morningside Dr., New York.

Published in The New York Times on June 23, 2013
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