Meeting Of Remembrance To Be Held For Joe Ben Wheat

Published: Aug. 21, 1997

A meeting of remembrance will be held Sept. 6 in honor of Joe Ben Wheat, an internationally known archaeologist and curator emeritus of the University of Colorado Museum.

Wheat died June 12 at St. Anthony Hospital Central in Denver after a short illness. He was 81.

Friends, colleagues and other members of the university community are invited to meet informally at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, in the Mary Rippon Theater north of the museum on the CU-Boulder campus. Participants will share reminiscences and later adjourn to the museum for light refreshments.

The gathering is being held after the start of the fall semester to allow colleagues who have been away for the summer to attend. Many people are expected to come from out of town for the event.

Wheat specialized in the study of the early peoples of the Southwest, having worked in the Mogollon region along the Arizona and New Mexico border and in the area surrounding Mesa Verde in southwest Colorado. He served as curator of the CU Museum from 1953 until his retirement in 1986.

Letters of remembrance, which will be compiled in a Joe Ben Wheat Archive at the museum, and requests for notes of the gathering should be sent to Joe Ben Wheat Meeting of Remembrance, CU Museum, Boulder, CO 80309-0218.

For more information, call Lauren Schwartz at 492-3396.