Catherine M. Cameron, Ph.D.
Cedar Crest College is deeply saddened by the passing of professor of anthropology emerita in the department of social sciences, Catherine M. Cameron, Ph.D. She had a true passion for education and deep empathy for her students that made her a friend and mentor to many on campus.
Professor Cameron began teaching at Cedar Crest in 1983 and her interests and expertise led to the creation of a number of academic programs, including the anthropology minor and the global studies major.
Outside of the classroom, Dr. Cameron focused her research on global music and tourism, and, along with her husband, Lehigh University professor John Gatewood, studied how tourism impacts island countries before they mature into popular destinations. Having traveled to Turks and Caicos for their research, the couple eventually led several field research trips for Cedar Crest and Lehigh University students to the islands. She was also instrumental helping students prepare for graduate school and start their careers.
Professionally, Dr. Cameron published several articles and was a member of numerous professional associations including the Society for Scientific Anthropology , the Museum Studies Association and the American Anthropological Association where she was an active member. She wrote Dialectics in the Arts: The Rise of Experimentalism in American Music (Greenwood Press, 1996) and was working on a book with her husband, John Gatewood, on tourism.
Dr. Cameron received her B.A. and M.A. in sociology from York University in Toronto and her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is survived by her husband, three children, three grandchildren and four siblings.
Memories will be posted here.