Maryanne Tefft Force, PhD

Posted On December 26th, 2010 -

December 13, 2010

Maryanne Tefft Force, PhD, 80, died in Honolulu at Straub Hospital. She was born on April 11, 1930 in Peoria, Ill. She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Roland W. Force, PhD, former Director of the Bishop Museum and of the Museum of the American Indian (N.Y.).

She is survived by her sister Peggy Dugan, by her cousin Patty Haskell, and by her frequent companion of the last four years, Albert (Bud) Smith, PhD.

Together with her husband she published several books and catalogues about museum histories and art collections, notably “The Fuller Collection of Pacific Island Artifacts” (Field Museum Chicago) and “The Heye and the Mighty”: the story of the Museum of the American Indian. They also pub-lished field studies of Pacific islands, particularly Palau.

For the past 10 years, Maryanne Force worked on a historical account of the voyages of Captain William Trotter who in the late 18th century sailed the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Her book will be published in the near future.

At her request, there will be no services.

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