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July 26, 2009

To shout the truth where words lie

Noted anthropologist, authority on nonverbal and inter-cultural communication and veteran of the U.S. Army serving in Europe and the Philippines, Edward T. Hall has died in Santa Fe.

Hall is a local boy who made good. Born in Webster Groves, Mo., his family moved to Santa Fe in 1927 to a house on Cerrillos Road. He graduated from Santa Fe High School in 1930, then earned a degree in anthropology from the University of Denver in 1936 and a master's degree in anthropology from the University of Arizona in 1938. In between he lived and worked with the Navajo and Hopi for a number of years.

After earning his doctorate degree from Columbia University in 1942, Hall joined the Army and commanded an African American regiment in Europe and the Pacific from 1942 to 1946. In the 1950s he was director of the U.S. State Department's Foreign Service Institute program that prepared diplomats to work in different cultures. He has taught at the University of Denver, Bennington College, the Harvard Business School and Northwestern University, among other places.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 26, 2009 09:22 AM