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Dr. James Anthony (Tony) Paredes

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Paredes, Dr. James Anthony (Tony) passed away in Atlanta, GA on Saturday, August 24, 2013. He was born in New York City on September 29, 1939. When he was six weeks old, he moved to Orlando, FL and lived there until he graduated from high school. He graduated from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta and earned his Master's and Ph.D in anthropology from the University of New Mexico. He was an anthropology professor at Florida State University for 30 years. Tony played an integral part in the documentation for the Poarch Band of Creek Indians to be recognized as a tribe by the federal government. Upon his retirement at Florida State, he moved to Atlanta where he worked for the National Park Service for eight years. At the time of his death he was a professor emeritus at Florida State and an adjunct professor at Emory University. Tony was predeceased by his parents, Antonio and Mildred Paredes and his daughter, Anna Teresa "Risa" Lesinski. He is survived by his beloved and devoted wife, Alleen Deutsch; children Anthony Paredes, Jr. and Sara (Chris) Campbell; two grandchildren, Matthew Paredes and Johnna Dominguez, great granddaughter, Iris Paredes; son-in-law, Mike Lesinski; siblings Teresa (Ruben) Sanchez, Keith (Liz) Paredes, and Lynn Paredes-Manfredi; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Andra and Art Gumbus, and eight nieces and nephews. A celebration of Tony's life is scheduled on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at 4 p.m. in The Great Hall of Phoebe Hearst at Oglethorpe University. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Tony's name to the Native American Rights Fund, Box 992, Boulder, CO 80306-0992 or to the Oglethorpe University Annual Fund, 4484 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30319. Condolences may be sent to www.southcare.us.


Published in the Orlando Sentinel from Sept. 8 to Sept. 9, 2013
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