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Remembering Owen Lynch

Owen M Lynch, Charles F Noyes Professor Emeritus of Urban Anthropology and Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at New York University (NYU), New York City, passed away peacefully on 24 April in Boston. I received the sad news of his death from a common long-time friend and an anthropologist, Johanna Lessinger. Lynch’s health had deteriorated during the last two years and his family had moved him to Boston to be nearer him.

Lynch was a rather rare breed of anthropologists who actually lived among the Jatavas, a dalit group, for 16 months, during the early 1960s in Agra. This work resulted in The Politics of Untouchability: Social Mobility and Social Change in a City of India (New York: Columbia University Press, 1969). Lynch was appointed Assistant Professor of Anthropology at SUNY-Binghamton in 1966 and in about three years he was appointed an Associate Professor. He stayed on at SUNY-Binghamton till 1974, when he was appointed Charles F Noyes Professor of Urban Anthropology at NYU. He, however, continued to be an Adjunct Professor at SUNY-Binghamton till 1977. Simultaneously he held the Senior Research Associate position at the South Asian Institute at Columbia University till 1984. But he continued to teach and research in anthropology at NYU till his retirement when he was designated the Charles F Noyes Professor Emeritus of Urban Anthropology and Professor Emeritus of Anthropology.

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