Dr. William A. STINI

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STINI, Dr. William A., was born in Oshkosh, WI on October 9, 1930, the third son of Clara and Louis Stini. It was in Oshkosh that "Bill" met Mary Ruth Kalous when they were just 17 years old and in high school. Two years later, on February 11, 1950, Bill and Ruth were married. Three daughters were born of this marriage, Patricia, Paulette and Suzanne. After the birth of their third daughter, Bill started college at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. He later transferred to the University of Wisconsin-Madison and graduated in 1960 with a BBA in Economics and Commerce. After working in the private sector for a few years, Bill returned to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, earning an MS in Anthropology in 1967 and a PhD in Human Biology two years later, in 1969. Bill began his academic career as an Assistant Professor at Cornell University in 1969, earning an Associate Professorship there two years later. In 1973 Bill accepted a position at Kansas University at Lawrence and in 1976, a Professorship at University of Arizona-Tucson. Bill remained at the University of Arizona for the rest of his academic career; teaching, publishing copiously and traveling the world to participate in various research studies as well as presenting at numerous conferences, universities etc. During this time he served as editor of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, served a term at Oxford University in England and held the position of Anthropology Department Head for nine years. Bill's life was an incredible journey from small town boy to world renowned authority, author and lecturer in his field. He was an excellent example of a self-made man who created a wonderful legacy for his wife and family. His intelligence, determination and wonderful, quirky sense of humor will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Bill passed away on June 22, 2014 after a brief but intense battle with cancer. He leaves behind his loving wife of 64 years, Mary Ruth; his daughters, Patricia (James) Rogeberg, Paulette (Don) Stini-Lark and Suzanne (Dennis) Breuckman; nine grandchildren, seven great- grandchildren and one great- grandson due to be born in October. Husband and Father, we will miss you dearly. You will live in our hearts forever. Arrangements by ANGEL VALLEY FUNERAL HOME.


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Published in the Arizona Daily Star on June 26, 2014
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