Hawthorn, Harry (1910 - 2006)

Occupation

Director, UBC Museum of Anthropology, 1947-1974

Biography

Dr. Harry B. Hawthorn, O.C., F.R.S.C. came to UBC in 1947. He was a member of the Anthropology department and the founding director of the Museum of Anthropology. Together with his wife Audrey, the first curator of MOA, they established the foundation of the MOA we know today. Harry retired from UBC in 1976. Hawthorn completed his B.Sc (1932) and M.Sc. (1934) with the intention of becoming a civil engineer. During the Depression he worked for New Zealand's Native School Service. Unable to pursue his studies in science in the small communities in which he worked, he became interested in the humanities, studying history extra-murally. He earned his B.A. in 1937. The years spent in the Native School Service had an arguably strong influence on Hawthorn. He was offered and accepted a fellowship to study anthropology at the University of Hawaii in 1938. The following year he was offered another fellowship to study anthropology at Yale University where he completed his PhD in 1941. While there he met Audrey Engel who later became his wife. Hawthorn's appointment to the faculty of the University of British Columbia in 1947 added Anthropology to the title of the Dept. of Economics, Political Science and Sociology. Hawthorn was also appointed as Director of the new Museum of Anthropology in 1947, with his wife Audrey appointed as Honorary Curator. Harry remained director of the museum until 1974. In 1956 Anthropology, Sociology and Criminology separated from Economics and Political Science to form a new department with Hawthorn as its head, a position which he held until 1968. [from UBC Archives fonds on Hawthorn]