In Memoriam

Dr. David Maines - November 24, 2021

Professor Emeritus Maines, a highly regarded instructor and prolific scholar in sociology and anthropology, capped a distinguished career with 11 years of service to Oakland University

David Maines, Professor Emeritus, Sociology and Anthropology

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MainesIt is with deep sadness that I inform you of the death of Professor Emeritus David Maines, who passed away on November 24, 2021.

Dr. Maines joined the Oakland University community on August 15, 1997, in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work and Criminal Justice. He served as Professor Emeritus and Chair of the department until his retirement on August 15, 2008.

During his tenure at Oakland, Dr. Maines was the 2000 Oakland University Board of Trustees Honoree and received the 2001 University Research Excellence Award. He held numerous positions at distinguished academic institutions and published prolifically in scholarly journals, books, and research reports.

Outside Oakland University, Dr. Maines was honored for his contributions to social theory with many honors and awards, including the George Herbert Mead Award for Lifetime Contributions to Scholarship from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, the Howard W. Beers Distinguished Lecturer from the University of Kentucky, and the David R. Maines Narrative Research Award established by the Carl Couch Center for Social and Internet Research. The latter honor was created to recognize Dr. Maines for being among the first scholars to incorporate narrative and storytelling into sociological research.

A private interment will be held for family and friends in Marion, Indiana at a later date. The University community extends heartfelt condolences to the Maines’ family and friends during this very difficult time.


Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, M.D.

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