[Stewards-l] Dee Ann Story

TKTexas at aol.com TKTexas at aol.com
Mon Dec 27 11:20:26 CST 2010

Dee Ann Story, a highly respected member of the  Texas  archeological 
community, passed away Christmas weekend after a long and  difficult bout with 
cancer.  She was  well-known professionally for her expertise of East  Texas 
archeology and her former directorship of the Texas  Archeological Research 
Laboratory at UT-Austin. Dee Ann is best known as an  author of the state’s 
first systematic typological description of prehistoric  projectile points 
and ceramics types. First published in 1954 as An Introductory Handbook of 
Texas  Archeology by Dee Ann Suhm and Alex Krieger with the collaboration of 
Edward  Jelks, it was revised and republished in 1962 as the Handbook of Texas 
Archeology: Type  Descriptions by Suhm and Jelks. Although much of the 
initial information has  been superseded by new data the long  out-of-print 
publication has become an icon in the history of Texas archeology and  remains a 
useful reference.     

I first met Dee Ann in the 1970s and over the years we  became personal 
friends because of common interests and some common opinions.  Her quiet home 
overlooking the scenic Blanco River near Wimberley was the relaxing  weekend 
setting for a wide range of enjoyable conversations. Some of her  colleagues 
will remember her as extremely knowledgeable, energetic, and  occasionally 
highly critical. In her personal life she had a warm subtle sense  of humor 
and had the ability to converse easily on a wide range of subjects. Dee  Ann 
was an active member of the Archaeological Conservancy and also played an  
important role in her county’s and community’s historic preservation 
efforts for  decades. I noticed once with faint amusement that she had no problem 
recording  archeological sites in neighboring counties on behalf of the Hays 
County  Historical Commission.  

Dee Ann’s long career at the University of Texas at Austin spanned the 
emergence and florescence of  non-academic cultural resources management studies 
in the state. The good and  bad nature of CRM has been discussed for 
decades.  Dee Ann’s paraphrased succinct comment on  this complicated subject 
reflected her insight, “Good archeology comes from the  efforts of the 
knowledgeable researcher, not the institution or company”.    

Dee Ann will be missed and her ashes will join those that  she loved, her 
husband Hal Story and Ginger, the family’s personable, almost  human golden 


Al McGraw

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