Dr. Demitri Boris Shimkin

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Dr. Demitri Boris Shimkin

Birthplace: Omsk, Gorod Omsk, Omsk Oblast, Russia
Death: December 22, 1992 (76)
Urbana, Champaign County, Illinois, United States
Place of Burial: Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Husband of Edith Shimkin; Edith Shimkin and Private
Father of Alexander Dimetri Shimkin and Private

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About Dr. Demitri Boris Shimkin

(abstract from NYT Obituary- published December 25, 1992 )

Mr. Shimkin, who was also a professor of public health at the Chicago campus of the University of Illinois, was known for his research on the anthropology and ethnology of peoples in the Soviet Union, the Arctic, East Africa, and, in the United States, of the Shoshone Indians and black people. He also wrote widely about issues of military intelligence, human ecology and public health.

Professor Shimkin was born on July 4, 1916, in Omsk, Siberia. He emigrated with his family shortly after the Russian Revolution, first to Indonesia, then to Holland, and finally to the United States. He earned bachelor's and doctoral degrees in anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley in the 1930's.

Professor Shimkin served in the military intelligence division of the United States Army in Washington and Europe during World War II. He joined the faculty at Illinois in 1960 and retired officially in 1985, but continued on active duty there until earlier this month.

Professor Shimkin's first wife, the former Edith Manning, and a son, Alexander, died.

He is survived by his wife, the former Tauby Heller; a daughter, Eleanor Shimkin-Sorock, of Framingham, Mass.; a stepdaughter, Rae Spooner, of Urbana; two stepsons, Joel Weichsel of Ann Arbor, Mich., and Jeremy Weichsel of Montreal, and four grandchildren.

(added by Naomi Nobel - August 21, 2015)

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Dr. Demitri Boris Shimkin's Timeline

July 4, 1916
Omsk, Gorod Omsk, Omsk Oblast, Russia
December 22, 1992
Age 76
Urbana, Champaign County, Illinois, United States
December 30, 1992
Age 76
Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, United States