Message #151 From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG To: "'Matthias Giessler'" Wed, 22 Apr 1998 05:09:27 -0700 Subject: Ian "Sandy" Thompson Passes [ AzTeC / SWA SASIG ] : From: Bill Lipe firstname.lastname@example.org Death of Ian "Sandy" Thompson Ian "Sandy" Thompson passed away at his home in Cortez, Colorado on April 20, from the effects of cancer. His sons Geoff and Jon were with him. From 1985 to 1991, he served as Executive Director of the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center near Cortez, and played a leading role in its development as an important center for archaeological research and education in the Southwest. From 1995 to 1997, he was the Center's Director of Research. At the time of his death, he held the Crow Canyon Chair in Archaeology, and was writing a popular book on archaeological research in the Mesa Verde region of the Southwest, with emphasis on the projects that have been conducted by Crow Canyon. For many years, until his illness prevented him from continuing, Thompson wrote a weekly column entitled "Four Corners Almanac" for the Sunday edition of the Durango Herald, providing his observations and perspectives on the past and present cultures and environments of the region. Many of these essays drew on his experiences with archaeology and archaeologists. A selection of them was published a few years ago in his book "Houses on Country Roads." He also authored popular books on the history of southwestern Colorado, Hovenweep National Monument, and the Escalante Ruin complex near Dolores, and collaborated with photographer Dick Arentz on "Four Corners Country" published by the University of Arizona Press. Thompson co-authored several technical research papers on archaeological topics and was an active contributor to the development of Crow Canyon's research program. He also worked effectively to involve Native American scholars in Crow Canyon educational programs and to seek Native American advice on the conduct of archaeological research projects. He lived most of his life in southwestern Colorado, and was a graduate of Dolores High School and the University of Colorado. Before becoming Executive Director of Crow Canyon, Thompson edited several newspapers, including the Silverton Standard and the Durango Herald, and was Mayor of Durango in 1982-83. "Sandy" was a friend, confidant, teacher, and facilitator to many student and professional archaeologists, and he will be sorely missed.