Joseph Towles (August 17, 1937 - December 19, 1988)
Colin Turnbull was a British-American anthropologist. Joseph Allen Towles was born in Senora, Virginia, on August 17, 1937. In 1957, he moved to New York City to pursue a career as an actor and writer. He met Turnbull in 1959 and they exchanged marriage vows the following year. From 1965 to 1967, Turnbull and Towles conducted fieldwork among the Ik of Northern Uganda in Africa. Towles reacted angrily to Turnbull's semi-autobiographical work The Human Cycle (1983), which omitted all references to their relationship. Towles' health declined slowly from that time. He died from complications of AIDS in 1988. Colin Turnbull asked his name to be added to Joe's gravestone since, basically, his soul died when his partner died too. After his partner's death, Turnbull donated all his belongings to the United Negro College Fund. He donated all their research materials, most of which were the product of his career, to the College of Charleston, insisting that the collection be known under Towles' name alone.
Timeline & Places:
• August 17, 1937: born.
• December 19, 1988: died. Papers at the College of Charleston, 66 George St, Charleston, SC 29424, Stati Uniti