1944 ~ 2016
Henry Harpending, Distinguished Professor and Thomas Professor of Anthropology at the University of Utah, died in Salt Lake City on April 3. He also served as a member of the National Academy of Sciences and was a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Henry's family is hosting a private memorial service for him on Friday, October 21, 2016, from 2 pm till about 5 pm, at the Salt Lake City Marriott University Park Hotel, 480 Wakara Way. The memorial is open to all family, friends, colleagues and students of Henry who wish to pay their respects.
Henry was born in Dundee, New York, to Freda Miller and Harry Harpending. He received his high school diploma from Dundee Central School in 1961, his undergraduate degree from Hamilton College in 1964 and his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1972. His research focused on genetic diversity within and between human populations with over 120 publications in top outlets in his field. He accumulated over three and a half years of field work in southern Africa interviewing members of various indigenous groups in the native !Kung language and collecting biological samples for genetic analysis. His field research is the foundation of his monograph The Structure of an African Pastoralist Community (with Renee Pennington) and his contributions in The Aging Experience (with Jennie Keith and colleagues). His book The 10,000 Year Explosion (with Greg Cochran) has been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Portuguese.
After graduating from Harvard, Henry spent a year at Yale University (1972-73) before joining the faculty at the University of New Mexico (1973-85). He came to the University of Utah from The Pennsylvania State University in 1997. At Penn State (1985-1997) he was the recipient of the Faculty Scholar Medal.
Henry is survived by Renee Pennington, his wife of 21 years, their son Peter, his children Sarah and Harry from his first marriage to Patricia Draper, and two grandchildren.
Published in The Salt Lake Tribune on Oct. 16, 2016.