Lydia T. Black, 81, an anthropologist who wrote several books on Alaska native culture and history, died Monday in Kodiak, Alaska. A cause of death had not been determined, but she had been suffering from liver failure, said one of her daughters, Zoe Pierson.
Black was born in Kiev in the former Soviet Union on Dec. 16, 1925, and came to the U.S. in 1950. She studied at Northeastern University and Brandeis University in the Boston area before receiving her doctorate from the University of Massachusetts. She became a professor of anthropology in 1973 at Providence College in Rhode Island and began teaching at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1984.