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FOR RELEASE: Monday, April 13, 1964 NEW COLLEGE, SARASOTA, FLORIDA FURMAN C ARTHUR INFORMATION An Ohio born researcher into the behavior of societies who has spent several years living with primitive tribes in Borneo and the Papago Indians of Arizona today was named Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at New College. He is Dr. Thomas Rhys Williams, Associate Professor of Anthro-pology at Sacramento State College. His works have been widely published in scientific circles and he has been awarded several gran t.s in recognition of his abilities. He began his academic career following Naval service during World War II. He was awarded a bachelors degree by Miami University, Oxford Ohio, a master of arts degree from the University of Arizona and his doctorate in social anthropology from Syracuse University. His interes t in the inter-disciplinary studies of sociology and anthropology "fits in with New College's concept of developing broadly educated students and makes Dr. Hilliams a desirable adcHtion to our faculty," Dr. John w. Gustad, provost and dean of the college said, in announcing the appointment. Dr. Williams spent nearly a year living with the Papago Indian tribea in the period 1954-1956 doing field for his masters and (more)
-2 doctoral C:egrees. rhen, in 1959-1963, he livee amon g t h e Cusan tribes in North Borneo. He has also traveled extensively among t.he aboriginal areas of Indonesia and the Polynesian Islands. Married and the father of a young son, Dr. Williams was highly recommended by Dr. Margaret Mead, eminent anthropologist. He has been a member of the facul'.:.y of Sacramento State College and the Universit y o California a t Berkeley since 1956, and previous to that was an instruc1:.or at 3yracuse University. his research grants and aca0emic honors Dr. Williams was: undergraduate reac:ler, Miami University; awarded a graouate scholarship, University of Arizona; appointecJ university fellow, Syracuse University; pre-doctoral fellow, l7enner-Gren foundation; awarded research grants from the National Science Foundation, Eli Lilly Foundation, and Joint Committee for Asian Studies. He was selected to give the first annual faculty research lecture at Sacramento State College. He has been elected to Alpha Kappa Delta and Psi Chi. He is a fellow of the American Anthropological Association, American Sociological Society, Pacific Sociological Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Society of Sigma Xi and the American Associacion of University Professors. He has writt.en a book on his research in North Borneo which is scheduled for publication this fall hy the Cambridge University Press.