Richard H. Brooks
Dr. Richard H. Brooks, a well-known archaeologist and retired University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) professor, passed away on June 24, 2011.
Richard Brooks received his Ph.D. in archaeology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He was a notable contributor to the field of archaeology in Nevada and across the country. He cofounded Archeo-Nevada in Las Vegas and the Nevada Archaeological Association. In addition to his work as a professor and researcher at UNLV, he was a researcher with the Desert Research Institute, and he pioneered the creation of the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Natural History, where he served as director. He worked at many archaeological sites in Nevada, Colorado, Mexico, and Borneo. Called a founding father of his field, Richard was beloved by his students, and he trained hundreds of aspiring archaeologists. In his later years, he cared for his wife, physical anthropologist Sheilagh Brooks, and after her death he promoted her life's work.
Richard was preceded in death by his wife and a daughter. He is survived by a daughter and two granddaughters. Recognizing Richard's longtime support of education, his family requested that donations be made in his name to Crow Canyon for scholarships for American Indian students attending Crow Canyon programs. (To donate to the fund, please call 800.422.8975, ext. 159, or mail your donation to the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, 23390 Road K, Cortez, CO 81321.)
Crow Canyon sends condolences to Richard's family and thanks them for their support of education at the Center.
Mary L. Wood
Mary L. Wood passed away on August 6, 2011, at the age of 80.
Mary was a longtime Crow Canyon supporter and Chairmanís Council member. She was a 46-year resident of Ouray, Colorado, where she was involved in many cultural and historic organizations in Ouray County and across the United States.
Close friend and Crow Canyon board member Deedee Decker, said, "Mary was a great supporter and friend of Crow Canyon. She especially loved her trips with Crow Canyon, and she loved to talk about them. My husband, Peter, and I knew Mary and Dave Wood as great friends from the time we moved to Ouray County in 1974. Dave was our bank president and Mary volunteered with almost every organization in the county, including the Ouray County Arts Association and the Ouray County Historical Museum, where we worked together. The day before Mary died, I called and invited her and her beloved husband, Dave, to come to our house for dinner with [Crow Canyon President and CEO] Deborah Gangloff and [new Major and Planned Gifts Officer] John Stephenson. Mary and Dave could not come, but we had a long catch-up chat."
Mary was born in Iowa and obtained a bachelorís degree in nursing from the University of Iowa. She was predeceased by two sons and is survived by her husband, Dave, one son, two daughters, and five grandchildren. Crow Canyon sends its condolences to her family.
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