Dave Steele graduate from the U with an Honors BA in Anthropology in 1971. He went on to earn an MA and PhD in socio-cultural anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After earning his PhD, Dave completed a two year NIMH Postdoctoral Fellowship in behavioral medicine and health psychology at UW Madison and then embarked on a 33 year career in medical education and medical school administration. He taught at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, the University of Nebraska College of Medicine, and he helped found new medical schools at Florida State University and at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) in El Paso. In September of 2014, Dave retired as Professor of Family and Community Medicine and Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education at the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine at TTUHSC El Paso.
Dave reports that he received excellent training in anthropology at the U and he particularly remembers Robert Anderson, Charles Dibble, Seymour Parker, Jesse Jennings, George Armelagos, and a young physical anthropologist by the name of John McCullough who was working with an extensive collection of human ear wax at the time!
Dave happily reports that he is returning to his roots as a cultural anthropologist in retirement. He is busily engaged with two major "retirement" projects. He is conducting research for what he hopes will be a book length biography of the anthropologist Jules Henry (1904-1969). Henry did pioneering work on American society and culture, schooling in the US, and on the families of children diagnosed with severe mental disorders. He is also conducting ethnographic research on a Unitarian Universalist Church congregation. Dave and his wife of 46 years, Ilene, have relocated to Las Cruces, New Mexico where he is a "faculty affiliate" in the department of anthropology at New Mexico State University.