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Richard Pope


POPE, Richard (Dick) (1929-2008)
Educator, Anthropologist

Richard (Dick) Pope was born in Evanston, Illinois in 1929, he was a student at Reed College from 1948 to 1953 where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree and discovered anthropology as a student of the American anthropologist and linguist David H French. Pope attended graduate school at the University of Chicago from 1953 to 1957

Pope was involved in teaching anthropology at institutions such as the University of California-Berkeley, the College of the University of Chicago, he taught for a few years at Monteith College (Wayne State University in Detroit) and York University in 1962 for five years.

He was hired to teach workshops on American Indian Affairs at the Colorado College in Colorado Springs in the summers of 1964 and 1966 and in 1967 he accepted a position at the newly established University of Saskatchewan, Regina Campus in the Anthropology Department where they were experimenting with interdisciplinary course offerings in the Division of the Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Science, as it was then known.

On sabbatical from September 1971 to June 1972 Dick working for the Indian Association of Alberta (IAA), another sabbatical was spent on North American Indian Nationalism and another, in the 1990s, studying innovative educational institutions that gave emphasis to cultural and community values. Pope retired from the University of Regina in the late 1990s and died on Gabriola Island in January 2008. He was 79 years of age.

Edited by Elizabeth Seitz, 2019

Archival Collections (Finding Aids in PDF format)


94-56 - Papers and Video Tapes on History of the Department of Anthropology, 1993

98-35 - Department of Anthropology Office Files, 1975 - 1991

2006-13 - Department of Anthropology Unit Review Files, 1974, 1975, 1991-1995

2008-21 - Newspaper Index, 1946-2001