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Vorsila L. Bohrer

January 20, 2021

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Dr. Vorsila L. Boher, 89, of Portales, passed away on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, at Bee Hive of Portales.

Dr. Vorsila Bohrer grew up in Chicago, and first came to New Mexico as a Girl Scout, participating in summer archaeological field camps led by Dr. Bertha Dutton. After considerable schooling in Anthropology, Botany, and Geochronology (BA at the University of Arizona, Masters at the University of Michigan, PhD at the University of Arizona), Dr. Bohrer took a job as the first representative of the Girl Scouts on the Navajo Reservation, then spent several decades in research examining human adaptation to the landscape over broad sweeps of time. She worked out of the Arizona State Museum, the Museum of New Mexico's Laboratory of Anthropology, and then Eastern New Mexico University. She blazed trails thinking in new ways about human subsistence behavior, and mentored many students who became practicing ethnobotanists across the country.

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