The passing of a friend, mentor, and colleague forces us to evaluate not only our own mortality, but to try and understand the effect the deceased had upon the living. When that individual is an educator, the effect is perhaps felt even greater. For nearly thirty years William R. Maples was one of the most respected forensic anthropologists in the country. He taught and mentored students at the University of Florida, assisted local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, and served the Physical Anthropology section and the Academy by performing various administrative duties and working as a member of special committees. This loss, though felt greatest by his family, is one that has affected us all in ways both large and small.
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