Kenny Acord Memorial Award

In June of 2006, students and faculty of the Anthropology Department were greatly saddened by the death of Kenny Acord, one of the Department’s most promising students.  To those who knew him, Kenny was an exceptional person who embodied the best qualities of a professional archaeologist and Southwestern scholar. 

Kenny was a gifted academic, a determined adventurer and outdoor enthusiast, and an authority on the cultural and natural resources of the Colorado Plateau. He cultivated his love of the Southwest:

  • through years working as a river guide
  • as a professional archaeologist for the National Park Service and other federal agencies
  • by completing a Master’s Degree in Anthropology at Northern Arizona University in 2005

During his tenure at the university, Kenny produced a remarkable example of student research through his thesis, A Ceramic Inventory and Chronological Analysis of Sinagua Settlement at Walnut Canyon National Monument.  This 300-page study is a ground-breaking contribution to the prehistory of the Flagstaff area that exemplifies the type of original research that our students are producing every year. 

Through a generous endowment of $10,000 from Kenny’s parents, Bobby and Anna Acord, the Anthropology Department has founded the Kenny Acord Memorial Award for Graduate Studies in Archaeology.  Additional contributions to this fund have already been pledged by many of Kenny’s professors and peers. 

This award will fund original scholarly research by archaeology graduate students who represent the same ideals that Kenny stood for, while memorializing the name of this exceptional student. 

Can you join our cause and make a gift to honor Kenny? Your contribution to this award will help to ensure the continued success of the anthropology program by attracting bright men and women like Kenny. Ultimately, our goal is to raise $50,000, which will fund student research at about $2,000 per year in perpetuity. We need your help to accomplish this goal.  

We urge you to contribute to this important fund. There are a variety of ways you can give:

  • by mail 
  • monthly credit/debit card charge
  • online on our secure site. In the "Other Designation" text box, type in fund #1540
  • NAU employees can make a payroll deduction by going to this on-line form and clicking  “form”, printing the form and sending it to the NAU Foundation

Please pass along this letter to others who might be interested in giving. If you require additional information, please feel free to contact Wolf Gumerman at 928-523-3498. Thank you in advance for your contribution.