Joseph Melville See
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|Joseph Melville See|
Joseph Melville See, Jr.|
New York, U.S.
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Tucson, Arizona, U.S.
|Cause of death||Suicide by Self-inflicted gunshot wound|
University of Arizona
|Known for||Heather McCartney's Biological father|
|Spouse(s)||Linda Eastman (m. 1962; div. 1965)|
|Partner(s)||Beverly Wilk (?-2000)|
|Children||Heather (later adopted by Paul McCartney)|
Born in New York on April 19, 1938, he attended Princeton University where he studied geology and played on the varsity football team, and was a varsity harrier. He graduated in 1960 and went on to postgraduate work in geology and cultural anthropology at the University of Arizona.
While at the University of Arizona, he met Linda McCartney (born Eastman) who was also a student. They married on June 18, 1962.Template:Where and their daughter, Heather Louise, was born on December 31, 1962. The couple split in 1964 and divorced in June 1965. When Linda married Paul McCartney in 1969, McCartney legally adopted Heather as his daughter. There was no animosity and he remained on good terms with the McCartney family.
He was a respected ethnographer, documenting indigenous cultures around the world, and was a noted expert on pre-Columbian art. He is also credited with many contributions to the cultural life of Tucson.