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Service set for former TU President Steadman Upham – Tulsa, Oklahoma

Tulsa, Oklahoma 2021-06-14 12:00:25 –

A memorial service for Steadman Upham, anthropologist and honorary president of the University of Tulsa, will be held on August 19th at 10 am at the Donald W. Reynolds Center on the TU campus. Members of the community are invited.

Upham died in Tulsa on July 30, 2017 due to post-surgical complications. He was 68 years old.

Upham was chairman of TU from 2004 to spring 2012 and returned later that year at the request of the board to replace his successor. He retired from the presidency in 2016 and was scheduled to return to TU as a faculty member of the Faculty of Anthropology. At the time of his death, he was developing a course on the history of human migration.

Previously, he was President of Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California (1998-2004). Dean of the Graduate School, Professor of Anthropology, Vice President of Research at the University of Oregon (1990-98). He then became an assistant professor of archeology, then an associate professor and vice dean of the Graduate School of New Mexico State University (1981-90). He received his PhD in anthropology from Arizona State University in 1980.

Under Upham’s leadership, TU has made dramatic progress in campus growth, academic development, financing, community services and engagement, campus life, and student body profiles.

Sustainable development of TU in the Upham era includes new doctoral programs in computer engineering, chemistry, physics, and anthropology, the establishment of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences, an increase in interdisciplinary research institutes, and a curriculum through the Global Education Center. It included an increase in internationalization. The OU-TU Community Medical School was established through the creation of an office of diversity and involvement and a partnership with the University of Oklahoma.

Upham oversaw TU’s Embrace the Future campaign (2004-11). The campaign raised $ 689 million for campus growth, scholarship awards, faculty status awards, and other priorities.

Former college basketball player and recreational long-distance runner, Upham understood the value of athletics as a personal pursuit and as a way to build a community around the college. Thanks to the Golden Hurricane’s athletics and regular participation in the game, he has become a respected and beloved figure among TU student athletes.

In one of his most visible and widespread achievements, Upham led TU to establish the True Blue Neighbors initiative. This is a service program that works closely with the university’s service organizations in the Kendall-Whitter district and throughout Tulsa. True Blue Neighbors continues to be a major tool for university community engagement, with increasing volunteer contributions from TU students, faculty and staff (70,255 hours in 2016).

In 2008, Upham led the university and formed a management partnership between the city of Tulsa and the Gilcres Museum. The arrangement benefited both institutions, created a master’s program in science and administration at the museum, and enabled Gilcrease’s $ 65 million expansion with successful funding. Vision Tulsa consumption tax vote.

Upham also worked with the late Walt Helmerich, his family, and other donors to set up the Helmerich Center for American Research, which houses the vast Gilcrease Library and Archive. In 2015-16, Upham led a major coup by representing the center during the acquisition of the Bob Dylan Archive, a joint effort with the George Kaiser Family Foundation.

Scholarships continued to be an important part of Upham’s work. In 2006, he wrote and edited a book introducing pictures of Native American culture and the famous chronista Edward S. Curtis, who began in the 1880s. The book was born out of a relationship established by Upham with Curtis’ grandson, who agreed to print for the first time images from hundreds of unpublished glass negatives.

In total, Upham wrote and edited 10 books, and wrote more than 75 book chapters, magazine articles, and other professional writings. His treatise study focused on the Pueblos, especially the Hopi, in the southwestern part of Native Americans, and included several summer excavations in Chavez Pass, Arizona.Fieldwork after him revealed what was the earliest example of eight-row corn in the Americas dating back to 1225 BC at the time.

Upham’s interest in anthropology ignited when he and his wife Peggy traveled to Mexico and Latin America in 1974-75. The couple visited many pre-Columbian places along the route. When their Volkswagen Bus was confiscated at the Costa Rican border, they continued by other means and went to Cochabamba, Bolivia, before returning to the United States. In 2012, the couple returned to South America and completed the final stages of their trip to Tierra del Fuego nearly 40 years later.

In addition to uniting in a leadership role at TU, Stead and Peggy shared a passion for art. He was a seasoned painter, working primarily with acrylic paints in a meticulous abstract pointillism style. She is a silversmith who specializes in wearables. When it was time to recharge, Uphams often retreated to his second home in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he maintained his studio space.

Upham has found time to offer a wide range of services on the organization’s board of directors. His role included the Commissioner of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Chairman of the Graduate School Council. Chairman of the National Physical Science Consortium. Director of an American mutual fund. Director of St. Francis Health System. Director of the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce. Director of the American Council on Education. Director of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Director of the College Football Playoff. Director and Chair of the Tulsa Community Foundation.

In 2014, the Oklahoma Community and Justice Center honored Upham at its annual award dinner. In 2015, Tulsa People Magazine named him the Tulsan of the Year. He was also inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame that year.

Upham has been survived by his wife Peggy for nearly 46 years. Their son, evolutionary biologist, and Nathan Upham, a postdoc at Yale University. Their daughter, Portland architect Erin Upham, and her husband, Alejandro Lopez. Two grandchildren, Orion and Adlock. And countless colleagues and friends.

Instead of flowers, the family proposes gifts to the Steadman and Peggy Upham Foundation for community services and outreach at the University of Tulsa www.utulsa.edu/giving Or 918-631-2565.



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