Ralph L. Beals, professor emeritus of anthropology at UCLA and founder of the university's departments of anthropology and sociology, died last week at his Los Angeles home after a long illness, a campus spokesman said Monday. He was 84.
Beals, who was hired by UCLA as an instructor in 1936 and taught there for 33 years before his retirement, was a past president of the American Anthropological Assn. and recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Science Foundation Grant.
Beals, who received his doctorate from UC Berkeley, worked in the field of community development in Egypt as a UNESCO consultant and wrote, among other things, a study of Mexican students at U.S. universities.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Manchester Beals, and three children.