In Memoriam: Patricia Rieff Anawalt

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Patricia Rieff Anawalt, former chair of Anawalt Lumber died Oct. 2 at the age of 91.

The Los Angels Times reports that Anawalt was a prominent anthropologist prior to taking over the family lumber company.  A graduate of UCLA, where she received a PhD in anthropology, Anawalt went on to found the Center for the Study of Regional Dress at UCLA’s Fowler Museum, the Times reports. Anawalt authored several books and was an authority on Mesoamerican ritual and attire.

She took over Anawalt Lumber after her husband, Richard Anawalt, died in 2000. Anawalt Lumber’s main location was opened in 1923, with additional locations opening in 1948, 1981 and 2011.

Patricia Anawalt is survived by her daughter, Katie; two sons, David and Fred; and four grandchildren.


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