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George W. Gill

Outstanding Former Faculty Member 2015


Department of Anthropology

George Gill taught bioanthropology in the UW Department of Anthropology for 40 years and served as department chair from 1993 to 1996. He served in the United States Army as an overseas combat ranger and tank commander and earned an honorable discharge with the rank of captain in 1967. Gill excavated and studied ancient human skeletons from tropical West Mexico, Easter Island, and the Great Plains of North America. With support from the National Geographic Society and other agencies, he developed collections, which form parts of the National Museum collections of Mexico and Chile. As a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), he conducted skeletal identification for law enforcement agencies and the United States military. He served as secretary and chairman of the Anthropology section of the AAFS.

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