In 1937, he found a new home, Arizona, and discovered his passion, anthropology. With newly learned discipline, fused with his skill at uniting people in common cause, Ned Danson, as Director of the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff during the 1960s and '70s, helped reveal the past and reshape the future of a West on the rise.
With his wife Jessica and children Jan and future actor Ted Danson at his side, he placed himself at the crossroads of past, present and future, the meeting place of the first peoples of Arizona and its newest immigrants. He worked with Arizona giants like Barry Goldwater and Stewart Udall to preserve the grandeur of the Southwest, even as it modernized, and traveled the country to extend and advance the National Park system for all to enjoy.
From the World War II battlefields to the halls of Congress, from Cincinnati country clubs to Navajo trading posts, and from passionate lectures in university classrooms to sacred ceremonies on the Hopi Mesas, Ned Danson lived a life of adventure and consequence that shapes the West to this day.
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Eric Penner Haury is a freelance writer and grandson of Ned and Jessica Danson. As a child, he stayed several weeks each year with his grandparents, who regularly took him to the Museum of Northern Arizona. He can be contacted at email@example.com.