Dead-ication

Susan Seals isn’t done yet. For the past few years, she has been helping Dr. Bill Bass realize his dream for the Dr. William M. Bass Anthropology Center. The new building, made possible by donations from Dr. & Mrs. Bass and Jimmy & Dee Haslam among others, was dedicated on Tuesday. After the ceremony, Susan told me she now wants the U.S. Postal Service to put Dr. Bass on a stamp.

Several speakers, including Dr. Jimmy Cheek and Dr. Jan Simek, praised Dr. Bass for his research which led to advances in anatomy, osteology, anthropology and criminology. They also praised his skills as a teacher, a department head and a role model. During his own remarks, Dr. Bass told one of my favorite stories about the origins of the Body Farm. He needed a place to store a maggot-covered body overnight and figured that a shower stall in Neyland Stadium would be suitable.

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