It is with great sorrow that we wish to announce the passing of one of the Wenner-Gren Foundation’s greatest leaders and closest friends. Sydel Silverman was the president of Wenner-Gren from 1987 to 1999. She guided the Foundation through a critical phase in its history. She preserved the small grants program, which provides a crucial source of support for doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers. She held symposia that set new directions for the field. She was instrumental in expanding the international community of anthropologists, fostering the creation new professional associations and new conversations that cut across countries and traditions of work. We still strive to live by the values she cherished and to pursue the priorities she set. She will be sorely missed.