Jack Adair Tobin, PhD, (June 15, 1920 – June 18, 2010) was an anthropologist who worked in the Marshall Islands.
Tobin served in the United States Navy during World War II. After the war he attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa, earning a bachelor’s degree in anthropology. He accompanied his advisor, Dr. Leonard Mason, to the Marshall Islands in 1950 to work on the Pacific Science Board's Coral Atoll Project (CAP) -- an initiative meant to study the needs of atoll dwellers. Arno Atoll was chosen as the first CAP research site.
Later in 1950 Tobin was hired as an anthropological field consultant by the Civil Administration Unit of Naval Operations. He served as the sole district anthropologist for the Marshall Islands until 1957.
He attended the University of California, Berkeley, where he completed his doctorate in anthropology in 1967. His doctoral thesis was entitled “The resettlement of the Enewetak people; a study of a displaced community in the Marshall Islands.”
From 1967-1975 he returned to the Marshall Islands, where he worked as a community development officer.
Tobin moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, upon his retirement. In 2002, he released his best known book, “Stories from the Marshall Islands.”
Jack Tobin died in Honolulu on June 18, 2010.