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LSU Professor of Anthropology William “Bill” Haag, Jr. was born in 1910 in Henderson, Kentucky. He earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in geology from the University of Kentucky and his Ph.D. in vertebrate paleontology and anthropology (ethnozoology) from the University of Michigan. Haag came to LSU in 1952 and established a distinguished reputation in his field before retiring in 1978 as Alumni Professor Emeritus. He continued to contribute through his writing and community involvement until his death at the age of 90 on 19 October, 2000.

It was in my high school years that I began to be interested a lot in nature, and in hiking, and in astronomy, and in well, I hardly like to use the word archaeology, because it was really going out and picking up arrowheads. But that is the time that I first became interested in pre-history, which was subsequently to be the field in which I went on to an advanced degree.

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