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David Montgomery Hart ’48

Published in Oct. 24, 2001, issue

Dave Hart, a noted anthropologist and expert on the tribes of the Rif Highlands of Morocco, died on May 22, 2001, after a lengthy battle with liver cancer. He resided in Garrucha (Almeria), Spain.

During the 1950s and 1960s, Dave lived for many years among Berber-speaking peoples. He wrote a number of books on his Rif experiences. He also did field work in Pakistan and archival research in several European countries. He was fluent in two Berber languages as well as Arabic, German, French, and Spanish. A research foundation in his name was founded at the U. of Granada.

Dave attended South Kent School and at Princeton was a member of Campus Club and the Oriental Club as well as president of the German Club. He graduated in June 1949 in modern languages and received his MA from Penn in 1951.

In the mid-1960s Dave married Ursula Cook Kingsmill, an Englishwoman who lived with him among the Berber tribes. She, too, was a prolific author. Ursula died about two years ago. The class will miss this illustrious scholar.

The Class of 1948

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Ait Wayagher Says:

2009-07-27 09:33:11

Rest in peace Mister Dave Hart. The Rif Ait Wayagher
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