June 10, 1901–October 27, 1997
BY DOUGLAS H. UBELAKER
THOMAS DALE STEWART WAS A founder of modern forensic anthropology and a major contributor to most areas of human skeletal biology, paleopathology, and related areas of physical anthropology. His quiet and modest demeanor and meticulous approach to problem-oriented research made him one of the most respected and accomplished physical anthropologists on record. Although his interests touched many areas of anthropology and medical science, he is widely regarded as a champion of accurate, detailed scholarship and remarkable career productivity. His name will forever be linked to the development of modern forensic anthropology, focused research in paleopathology, and issues surrounding the peopling of the New World and the Shanidar Neanderthals.
Dale was the chair of my dissertation committee at the University of Kansas in the early 1970s and a mentor during my own academic formative years. We worked closely on research projects and forensic issues for many years. I was hired at the Smithsonian Institution when he retired in 1971, and we subsequently worked together for over two decades. I consider myself to be his student and, like all his friends and colleagues, gained tremendous respect for his