From 1990 to 1999 he was a visiting lecturer on surgery at Harvard Medical School and a senior anatomist in the department of surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital. He was a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Association of Clinical Anatomists, the American Association for the History of Medicine, the American Association of Clinical Anatomists, the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, the American Society of Mammalogists, the American Society of Zoologists, the Anatomical Society of Great Britain and Ireland, the Oral History Association, and the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.
He received several awards and honors, and in 1990 founded the Erikson Biographical Institute Inc. in Providence. He enjoyed gardening and traveling. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne; a daughter; sons John ’80, Thomas ’83 and David ’76; seven grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.