Ivar Skarlund

Obit:Friday, January 1, 1965

End of the Trail

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Dr. Ivar Skarlund, 75, famed anthropologist and senior member of the University of Alaska faculty, died of an apparent heart attack on the campus New Year's Day, Students found his body in a snowbank near his cabin where he evidently was stricken on his way home from dinner with friends. Born in Norway, he came to the United States in 1928 and to Alaska in 1930. He worked in the coal mines for a time and then enrolled at the Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines, later to become the University of Alaska. Following graduation, he took his master's and doctor's degrees at Harvard University, and then returned to the University of Alaska where he has headed the Anthropology Department for the past 15 years. He also introduced skiing to the campus and took first place year after year in the cross-country ski event at the Fairbanks Winter Carnival. During World War II, he declined a commission in the armed forces, preferring instead to serve as a private with the Alaska Scouts, a National Guard outfit. A specialist in Eskimo anthropology and archaeology, he was the author of many papers on Arctic lore, and only last summer read a paper on Arctic anthropology at the International Society of Anthropologists meeting in Moscow.

Source: Alaska Sportsman, April 1965

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