Two Tributes to Dr. Richard D. Daugherty

We lost a true pioneer in Wet Site archaeology, Dr. Richard D. Daugherty, the Director of the Ozette Village/Makah wet site on Washington Coast, USA. Dick passed (or in local Native terms, went Home) February 22, 2014 from bone cancer.  He would have been 92 on March 31, 2014–and Ruth Kirk, his family and several of the students and Makah Indians who worked at Ozette, celebrated his life at the Squaxin Island Tribe Museum (group picture below).  Another Tribute is planned at Washington State University, where he taught for over 30 years, on April 26, 2014 (see attached announcement).

Photograph is from Dick’s 90th Birthday Celebration (YouTube in this section below) with his wife Ruth Kirk

Dr. Daugherty pioneered archaeology in equal partnership with Tribes in the early 1970s–adding the cultural experts to the scientific discoveries.

Though newspapers from across the nation covered his passing, these are two of the best local articles:

Port Angeles WA. USA Paper:

Olympian, where Ruth Kirk and Doc lived for years:

OZETTE-MAKAH Crew at Doc’s 92nd BD Tribute, 3-31-14

DOC and Ruth react to presentations
Ruth Kirk and Dick Daugherty at his 90th Birthday Celebration


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