Paul Hastings Riesman

PAUL HASTINGS RIESMAN died June 29, 1988 at Sharon Hospital in Connecticut. He was fifty years old. He was born March 7, 1938 in Buffalo, New York, the son of the sociologist, David Riesman and Evelyn Thompson Riesman. He was prepared at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire. Graduating with the Harvard Class of 1960 with an A.B. magna cum laude in Social Relations, Paul was a member of Quincy House. After graduation from Harvard, Riesman completed the Doctor of Ethnology degree at the University of Paris in 1970. He was associate professor of anthropology and chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton College in Minnesota. He was a member of the African Studies Association, the American Anthropological Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Ethnological Society, the Council of Education and Anthropology, the International African Institute, the Société des Africanistes, the Society for Applied Anthropology, and the Society for Psychological Anthropology. Professor Riesman published a number of articles and a book, Freedom in Fulani Social Life: An Introspective Ethnography, which was also published in French. He also performed musically.

Paul Riesman was survived by his parents; his wife, Suzanne Post Riesman; his daughter, Amanda; his son, Benjamin; his sister, Jennie, of Munich, West Germany; and his brother, Michael (A.M. ’69; Ph.D. ’72), of Manhattan.