As with Sociology, I have decided to consider
Anthropology as a separate academic discipline
even though until 1978 it was combined with
Sociology in one department.
The first anthropologist to teach at Wake Forest
was eugene pendleton “pen” banks (B.A.,
Furman; M.A., Ph.D., Harvard), who came to the
University in 1954 and who, in 1967, held the
rank of Professor. He was also, from 1964 to
1970, chairman of Sociology and Anthropology.
He was a cultural anthropologist who did re-
search in European peasant communities, espe-
cially in Yugoslavia and Rumania, and a book of
his, On the Methodology of the Behavioral Sci-
ences, was published by the University of Za-
greb in Yugoslavia. (In 1967–1968 he was
Fulbright Lecturer at Zagreb.) He had a passion
for travel to faraway, relatively unknown lands
like Burma (now Myanmar) and Mongolia. (In
the department of anthropology
1976 he was appointed as a consultant to the
World Bank.) At home he provided the leadership
and inspiration for the founding of the Museum
of Man, later to be known as the Museum of
Anthropology. (See page 163.)
Banks was joined in
1964 by another cul-
tural anthropologist,
stanton K. “stan”
tefft (B.A., Michigan
State; M.S., Wiscon-
sin; Ph.D., Minne-
sota). Tefft was
especially interested
in pre-industrial war-
fare and its relevance
to the present and
also in the role of secrecy in perpetuating
power relationships in both modern and tribal
Front row, from left to right: David Evans (with Dog), Anne Marshall (secretary), Elizabeth James [Morgan],
Pendleton Banks, and David Weaver. Second row: Ned Woodall and Stan Tefft. [From The Howler of 1982.]
I am indebted to A Brief History of Sociology and Anthropology at Wake Forest University
1900–1978, written by Clarence H. Patrick in 1980.
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