|Remembering Stanley Ahler|
Stanley Albert Ahler, research archaeologist at UND from 1975 to 1990, died Feb. 3, in Flagstaff, Ariz., after a long illness. He was 63.
Ahler was born Sept. 10, 1943, in Florence, Ala., to Ernest and Ruth Ahler. He grew up in the Powell, Tenn., area and graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 1967 in anthropology. He earned a doctorate in anthropology from the University of Missouri-Columbia where he developed a life-long interest in Northern Plains archaeology. After 1990, he co-founded the PaleoCultural Research Group, a not-for-profit research and educational organization in Flagstaff that conducts archaeological projects. He continued his dedication to North Dakota archaeology with numerous projects, some of which are ongoing.
He was recently honored with the Distinguished Service Award by the Plains Anthropological Society.
Ahler and Dennis Toom of South Dakota edited "Native American and Northern Plains Historical Guide." He undertook much research on the Arikara Indians. He was also prominent in findings at the Arzberger site, Hughes County, South Dakota.
"People of the Willows: The Prehistory and Early History of the Hadatsa Indians" was written by Ahler, along with Thomas D. Thiessen and Michael K. Trimble, in a project undertaken for the Center for Great Plains Studies at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.
In February 2005, Dr. Ahler was key in the Garrison Dam/Lake Sakakawea Project, North Dakota, through the Cultural Preservation office. He was also a member of the Society for American Archaeology National Historic Landmark Committee.
Ahler is survived by a son, Scott Ahler; a granddaughter, Aliyah Ahler; former spouse Janet Goldenstein Ahler, all of Grand Forks; and three brothers, Henry of Petersburg, Tenn.; Bruce of Viburnum, Mo., and Steve of Lexington, Ky.
A memorial service will be held at the Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship Hall, 510 Leroux St., in Flagstaff on Feb. 25, at 2:30 p.m.
In place of flowers, please make a memorial donation to either the Prostrate Cancer Research Institute, www.prostate-cancer.org, or PaleoCultural Research Group, PCRG, attention: Delia, P.O. Box EE, Flagstaff AZ 86002.