Message #228

Date: Wed, 02 Sep 1998
Subject: Alden Hayes Passes

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From: Mark Varien 

Alden (Al) Hayes, anthropologist and author, died in
his home in Portal Arizona on Sunday, August 23, 1998.
If you knew Alden even briefly, you knew he was a man
of remarkable style, wisdom and wit. He had the
respect and admiration of everyone who knew him, and
he will be missed a great deal by his family, friends
and colleagues.

Alden was born in 1916 in Englewood, New Jersey, but
lived most of his life in the Southwest. He attended
the University of New Mexico and obtained a degree in
Anthropology, studying with Donald Brand, Florence
Ellis, W.W. Hill, and Leslie Spier, among others. As
a student in the 1930s he studied both ethnology and
archaeology, traveling to Chihuahua, Mexico with Brand,
attending the University of New Mexico's field school
in Chaco Canyon, and working with Anne Cooke Smith
conducting ethnographic field work among the Utes,
Goshiutes, and Shoshones of Utah and Nevada. He,
Douglas Osborne, Wes Bliss, Tom Cain, and some friends
put together a five-month shoe-string expedition down
the Mackenzie River looking for evidence to support the
early Bering Strait theories, which he recounted in
his book Down North to the Sea. (Actually, they were
looking for adventure.)

Following graduation in 1939, Alden worked as an
archaeologist in Texas and Tennessee. Between 1941 and
1956 he was a rancher in Cochise County,Arizona, and
served in the Army in World War II and in Korea,
entering the service as a private and rising to the
rank of Lt. Colonel. In the early 1950's, a four-year
drought forced him out of the ranching business, and
he turned to the National Park Service for a paying
job in archaeology. His family notes that he may be
the only archaeologist who went into archaeology for
the money.

His professional career with the Park Service was
extremely productive. Among his many achievements,
he served as the Supervisory Archaeologist on the
Wetherill Mesa Project at Mesa Verde National Park,
culminating with his classic publication on the survey
of Wetherill Mesa. Prompt, thorough, and exceptionally
clean writing in publications dating from 1937 to the
present are a hallmark of his career.

In addition to his work at Mesa Verde, Alden directed
excavations at Mound 7 at Gran Quivira, excavated and
restored the large church and monastery complex at Pecos
National Monument, and completed his career as an
essential member of the Chaco Research Center, where he
directed survey, excavation, and laboratory research.

In 1941 Alden married Gretchen Greenamayer Chapin, who
died in 1982. He married Karen Chalker in 1984, and
they made their home in Portal, Arizona. Alden has two
sons, Eric and Mark Hayes, and two stepdaughters, Kari
Chalker and Kirsten Chalker-Maxey.

From: Tom Vaughan

>Prompt, thorough, and exceptionally clean writing in
publications dating from 1937 to the present are a
hallmark of his career. 

Thank you, Mark, and well done. Amen! A comment he
made at Chaco is his legacy for me---he called
himself the "last illiterate archaeologist in the
Southwest." We should all strive to achieve his level
of illiteracy!

Tom Vaughan    "The Waggin' Tongue"   (970) 533-1215
11795 Road 39.2, Mancos, CO 81328  USA
Cultural Resource Management,
Interpretation, Planning, & Training