A friend and colleague, Mexican archaeologist Norberto González Crespo, passed away on September 17, 2012. His charisma, energy and personal warmth impacted all of us. He was my teacher at the Universidad de las Americas in 1972 and 1973 when I first began my studies in archaeology. And, as director of Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History for the Southeast, he supported and encouraged my field projects in Yucatán.
I think Professor E. Wyllys Andrews V, a good friend and colleague of Norberto’s, and for many years director of the Middle American Research Institute at Tulane University, expresses it best in a note to Norberto’s widow Silvia Garza–
“Very few archaeologists of his generation have made the great impact on Mesoamerican archaeology that Norberto did. His influence came from the archaeological research that he did personally, especially at Xochicalco, but equally through the important administrative positions he held for so many years in southeast Mexico, Morelos, and on the Consejo. Perhaps especially, the field of Maya archaeology today in Yucatan, Campeche, and Quintana Roo is very largely the result of his effort and support. Several of my students asked me to be sure to tell you that they believe Maya archaeology in Mexico today is what it is in large measure because of Norberto Gonzalez.”
“For me, however, he was foremost a friend. I will always be grateful for his support, his warmth, and his companionship–and for yours as well.”
The following are links to a short biography of Norberto González Crespo—