Born in Houston, Texas, Herbert Alexander received his B.A. in Law from the University of Texas in 1954. After two years of military service, he dabbled with law school and graduate school at his alma mater before completing an M.A. in anthropology at Yale in 1963. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Oregon in 1969.
Roy Carlson was born in Bremerton, WA. He received his B.A. and M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Washington in 1952 and 1955 respectively. He completed his Ph.D. at The University of Arizona in 1961. Carlson was an assistant professor at the University of Colorado from 1963 to 1966 before joining SFU’s Department of Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology (PSA) in 1966. He was made an associate professor in 1967, and a full professor in the early seventies.
Brian Hayden was born in Flushing, New York. He completed his B.A. in Anthropology at the University of Colorado in 1969. He then pursued both his M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of Toronto, and received the latter in 1976.
A recipient of a Fulbright post-doctoral fellowship, Hayden spent a year conducting research in Australia from 1971 to 1972 before he became an Instructor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. He came to SFU in 1974 as a visiting professor and Mesoamerican specialist within the Department of Archaeology, and he was offered a permanent position as an assistant professor in 1976.
D. Erle Nelson was born in Antler, Saskatchewan, a rural village that is all but a ghost town today. Erle Nelson worked as a research assistant at the Niels Bohr Institute of the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, one of the world’s most prestigious centres for physics research, in the mid-sixties before completing his B.Sc. with honours in physics at the University of Saskatchewan in 1966.
Mark Skinner received his B.A. (honours) magna cum laude in Anthropology from the University of Alberta in 1971. He then began his doctoral studies in physical anthropology at Christ’s College at the University of Cambridge on one of the college’s studentship fellowships in 1971. Skinner was offered a position as a Visiting Assistant Professor at SFU for the spring term in 1976, as an intended replacement for Thomas McKern, SFU’s physical anthropologist who had passed away suddenly in 1974. The position soon became permanent as Skinner established himself as a scholar, educator, and forensic anthropologist.