Corinne Nemetz Nydegger: a long lasting legacy in the fields of human development and aging.

We are publishing here an excerpt of the obituary of Corinne Louise Nemetz Nydegger, originally appeared on the San Francisco Chronicle on August 2, 2013:

Corinne passed away peacefully on Sunday July 28, 2013 following a brief stay in hospice in San Ramon, CA. For nearly 20 years she was a professor in the Medical Anthropology Program in the Department of Epidemiology and International Health at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF).

Born April 15, 1930 in Milwaukee, WI, Corinne was the daughter of Marion Becher Nemetz and Carl William Nemetz, both of Milwaukee. She was married June 16, 1950 to her first husband William Frank Nydegger. Corinne and her then-husband William formed one of six research teams for the groundbreaking Six Cultures Project, and coauthored Tarong: An Ilocos Barrio in the Philippines, among other publications. Together they conducted field research in Tarong.

Corinne received her BA in anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an MA in Human Development at Cornell University and a PhD in Human Development and Aging at the Pennsylvania State University. She followed her PhD training with a National Institute of Mental Health postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Public Health Service postdoctoral fellowship at UCSF.

Dr. Nydegger left a legacy of research contributions in the fields of anthropology, life span human development and aging. Dr. Nydegger was one of the very first social scientists to research questions of parent-child relations in adulthood and aging, which had a profound effect in the gerontological field. Dr. Nydegger’s pioneering research in the fields of human development and aging are part of the body of research for which she will long be remembered.

The full obituary can be read here.

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