For UP Anthropology Centennial Commemorative publication 2014-2016
While Mary Racelis surely belongs to an earlier generation, she definitely is one person even the youth of today, the new generation of future Anthropologists, definitely know and admire. Mary's journey throughout her Anthropology career has been quite serendipitous. Starting from her college days at Cornell University, New York, Mary was looking for her niche as an undergraduate. She happened to enroll in a course on Religion Among the Primitives offered in the Sociology-Anthropology Department, with Morris Opler as her professor. This proved to be a seminal point in her academic career. The inspired wonders of cultural diversity fueled a passion that would direct her future career. Mary Racelis, the Anthropologist, thus began her life course. Many more Anthropologists whom she would meet in the academe and beyond helped shape her path.