Earnest A. Hooton, professor of Anthropology and chairman of his department at the University, died of a heart attack at his home yesterday afternoon. He was 67 years old.
The leading physical anthropologist in the United States and one of the leaders in his field in the world, Hooton first came to the University in 1913. He became a full professor in 1930. His work dealt mainly with the study of body measurements in different groups of people, and recently centered around the correlation of body types to emotional characteristics.
Besides holding an outstanding position in the world of anthropology, Hooton was always an admired teacher. His witty speaking style brought him acclaim from the undergraduates and made his lectures a College legend. His courses were the most popular in his field.
"Fine Human Being"
Hooton won the respect and friendship of those who worked with him. Said Clyde K. Kluckhohn, professor of Anthropology, last night, "He was certainly the leading physical anthropologist in the United States, and posibly in the world. A very high proportion of physical anthropologist in this country and abroad were trained by him. On top of being a great scientist he was a fine human being--one of the finest I've known."
Sheldon Glueck, Roscoe Pound Professor of Law, who worked with Hooton on studies of delinquency, praised him: "Professor Hooton's untimely death comes as a great shock to all who knew him as a man of profound and fearless scholarship and delightful and original wit. Harvard and the world of anthropology have suffered a great loss."
Born in 1987
Born at Clemansville, Wis., in 1887, Hooton graduated from Lawrence College, Appleton, Wis., in 1907. Among his many publications were "Up From the Ape," "Apes, Men and Morons," "Twilight of Man," and "Young Man, You're Normal." His last book, "Physical Anthropology of the Irish," is now in the process of publication.