SUMNER William M. Sumner, age 82, of Columbus, Ohio, passed away Thursday, July 7, 2011, in Columbus, Ohio. He was born to the late William Pulford and Virginia Friel Sumner in Detroit, Michigan, September 8, 1928. Bill was a 1952 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He served in the Navy until 1964, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. While serving in Iran, he developed a keen interest in archaeology and resigned from the Navy, in 1962, in order to earn a doctorate in anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Sumner was a member of the faculty in the department of anthropology at The Ohio State University until 1989, at which time he became Director of the Oriental Institute and Professor in the department of near eastern languages and civilizations at the University of Chicago. He is survived by wife, Kathleen Sumner; children, William (Kristin) Sumner, Jane Sumner; step-children, Douglas (Jamie) MacLean and Megan (Savady) Yem; sister, Ida VSW Red; grandchildren, Katrina MacFarland, Eirian Yem, Dylan Yem, Shane Yem, Devon Yem, Lachlan MacLean, and Emma MacLean; and great-grandchildren, Nolan and Adeline MacFarland, Anthony Sumner, and Ashley and Colin Sizemore. At Bill's request, there will not be a funeral, memorial service, or any other ceremonies.
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Published in The Columbus Dispatch from July 11 to July 12, 2011