Volume 33, Issue 6 (November 1988)
Wilton Marion Krogman, Ph.D. (1903–1987): The End of an Era
Dr. Wilton Marion Krogman was one of the major founders of physical and forensic anthropology in the United States. His extraordinary career spanned nearly six decades, and he was universally admired and respected for his scholarship, teaching, research, wit, and humanity. While studies based on human skeletal remains have long been used to assist the medico-legal system, the late Dr. Krogman can be credited with uniting these areas into the discipline of forensic anthropology. His “Guide to the Identification of Human Skeletal Material” (1939) in the F.B.I. Law Enforcement Bulletin became the foundation of this discipline; his monumental book The Human Skeleton in Forensic Medicine (updated with the author in 1986) solidified its establishment. The purpose of this paper is to pay tribute to this great man and outline his influence on the development and advancement of forensic anthropology.