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By Jeffrey R. Parsons
Museum of Anthropology
June 1997

I've long known that I owe a lot to James B. Griffin. Since his death a few weeks ago, I've thought more about this debt in my effort to prepare this small tribute to his memory. As one of many individuals in whose careers and lives Jimmy took an interest, I know that versions of my own reflections will be repeated many times by others whose pathways through life intersected with his over the decades. In the following paragraphs I've selected some memories that I hope will convey some sense of what Jimmy was like as a mentor, colleague, and friend.