On March 2, 2016, the cultural anthropologist and ethnohistorian of the Andes Reiner Tom Zuidema passed away in his home in Urbana, Illinois, at the age of 88. Descended on his father's side from a family of Frisian Mennonite farmers, Zuidema was raised in the Dutch city of Haarlem, where, toward the end of World War II, he spent many months in hiding from German Nazi occupation military recruiters. A talented violinist, Zuidema played in the Dutch national youth orchestra and had originally hoped to pursue a career as a classical musician. After giving up that dream, he worked as a sailor for the Royal Netherlands Steamship Company and spent some time in Dutch East India (Indonesia). Upon his return, he studied ethnology at Leiden University, originally hoping to focus on Southeast Asia. Indonesian independence in 1949 persuaded Zuidema that for a...
Obituary|February 01 2017
Reiner Tom Zuidema (1927–2016)
Hispanic American Historical Review (2017) 97 (1): 138-141.