published Wednesday September 25
Micael Merrifield dies after heart attack
With a long career teaching anthropology, this beloved instructor will be remembered by many
by Chelsea Jarrell
Micael Merrifield, a Saddleback College instructor and friend of many, passed away from a sudden heart attack last night.
“Micael will be remembered for his insatiable curiosity, boundless energy, and ability to capture the imagination of students.” said Saddleback College President Tod Burnett in a campus-wide email.
With a profound love for tribal anthropology, Merrifield worked for many years with the Juaneño Band of Mission Indians, AcjachememNation, helping them in their fight for federal recognition. He also loved traveling and regularly took students on study abroad trips to Ireland, Scotland, Mexico, and Cuba.
Merrifield has been a passionate and active member at the college since 1977 when he started the Learning Assistance Program. He was an instructor in the Anthropology and Behavioral Sciences Department and served as a member on the Academic Senate Committee and Faculty Association.
A bench near the Business and General Science building has been turned into a memorial with a sign reading, 'Rest in Paradise Professor Micael Merrifield."
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