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George De Vos In loving memory of professor George De Vos, a famed anthropologist and pioneer in ethnic studies at the University of California, Berkeley, who died in his Oakland home on July 9 of congestive heart failure. He was 87. Dr. De Vos's ground-breaking research generated international recognition for the then-emerging fields of culture and personality studies and psychological anthropology. His research ranged from psycho-cultural adaptations of Koreans in Japan and Native American cultural psychology to arranged marriage in Japan to Francophone Caribbean and African immigrants in Paris. He introduced a multi-cultural perspective to anthropology before the term was invented. In the early 1960s, De Vos conducted some of the earliest and most influential studies of immigrant assimilation to the U.S. He published over 200 articles and wrote and contributed to more than 20 books. Professor De Vos was one of the expert witnesses for the prosecution during the trial of Sirhan Sirhan. George De Vos is survived by his wife Suzanne Lake De Vos, three children: Laurie Moore, Susan De Vos, Eric De Vos, five grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Plans for a memorial service are pending.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Aug. 1, 2010
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