We were very sad to hear about Bob's passing. He was a friend of our organization, the Maya Educational Foundation (MEF) whose mission it is to promote the educational advancement of the Maya people.
We thank him for his generous bequest to MEF, which will allow us to underwrite ten five-year university scholarships for Maya students in Guatemala, Chiapas//Mexico, and southern Belize.
Bob, may you rest in peace and may you know that your actions changed young Maya students' lives for the better. Thank you!
July 24, 1936 - July 11, 2017 Dana Point, California. Robert (Bob) C. Harman died of natural causes at his home on July 11th, 2017. He was 80 years old. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he was the eldest son of Charlotte and Lew Harman, and brother of James Harman, deceased. Professor Harman retired from California State Long Beach in 2005, having established, through his generous gift, The Robert C. Harman Visiting Scholar in Applied Anthropology Program that continues to support visiting professors to the University's Anthropology Department and also facilitate the recruitment of future Applied Anthropology graduate students. After receiving his PhD from the University of Arizona in Cultural Anthropology, Bob came to the CSULB Anthropology Department and taught at the campus for 36 years. He played a major role in developing the Applied Anthropology Master's program in which he also taught. Bob's areas of research included cultural conceptions of aging, enculturation of refugees, intercultural communication, and other aspects of applied Anthropology; he worked primarily with Mayan immigrants in Los Angeles and the Karen Hilltribes in Northern Thailand. He continued publishing in these areas until his death. Bob lived life to the fullest, teaching, writing, traveling the world, and enjoying his home overlooking the ocean. He will be missed and warmly remembered by friends, family, students, and colleagues. A remembrance-of-life service will be held on September 23rd at 11am at 24242 Santa Clara Ave. Dana Point, CA 92629. In lieu of flowers or other donations contributions are requested for the retraining of his beloved dog Sakim, so that he can be placed in a loving home. Contributions can be mailed to: Sharyn Charnas, Trustee 1703 Stone Canyon Rd Los Angeles 90077 or brought to the remembrance service.
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Published in Los Angeles Times from Aug. 11 to Aug. 13, 2017.