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Luebben, Ralph A.

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  • 1921-2009

Ralph A. Luebben, appointed in 1957, was the first Grinnell College faculty member with a doctorate in anthropology. Originally hired by the Sociology Department to creat an anthropology curriculum within its discipline, Luebben later facilitated the formation of a separate Anthropology Department and a summer archaeological field school. Luebben was the first tenured anthropologist and served as the department chair for several years during his forty years at Grinnell College.


Past Professional Memberships

Fellow, American Anthropological Association

Fellow, Society for American Archeology

Society for Applied Anthropology


Some Miscellaneous Academic Activities

1965-66 - Director, Vienna Foreign Study Program, Colorado Woman's College (3 semesters)

1967-80 - Chairman, Department of Anthropology, Grinnell College

1968-72, 1977-82 - Faculty representative for Grinnell College to the Midwest Collegiate Athletic Conference

1969-72 - Grinnell College Visiting Lecturer

1979-80 - American Anthropological Association Visiting Lecturer

McKee, Christopher

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  • 1935-

Christopher Fulton McKee was born in Brooklyn, New York on June 14, 1935. In 1957, Mckee graduated from the University of St. Thomas in Houston and in 1960 he completed his Masters of Library Science at the University of Michigan. Since then, McKee has worked at various institutions of higher learning as a librarian, historian, and educator. These institutions include Washington and Lee University (1958-1962), Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville (1962-1972), and Grinnell College (1972-2006). McKee also held the Secretary of the Navy Research Chair in Naval History at the Naval History Center (1990-1991) and was a NEH fellow at Newberry Library (1978-79). He has been recognized nationally for his contributions to the study of naval history. Awards include the U.S. Naval History prize (1985), John Lyman Book award, and the Samuel Eliot Morison Distinguished Service award.

McKee's major naval history publications include Edward Preble: A Naval Biography, 1761-1807 (1972),A Gentlemanly and Honorable Profession: The Creation of the U. S. Naval Officer Corps, 1794-1815(1991), Sober Men and True: Sailor Lives in the Royal Navy, 1900-1945 (2002).

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