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Jean Herskovits ’56

Jean, a SUNY–Purchase historian with a lifelong interest in Africa, died Feb. 5, 2019.

The daughter of a pioneer in the field of African anthropology, Jean earned a doctorate in African history from Oxford, conducting research in Nigeria, and later became involved in the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. She was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Historical Society; on the board of directors of the Near East Foundation; and a founding member of the board of the TY Danjuma Foundation in Nigeria.

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