In Memoriam: Dr. William S. McFeely (1930–2019)

Dr. William S. McFeely passed away on December 11, 2019. Inspired by the emerging civil rights movement, McFeely switched professions from banking to academia, to attend Yale University and graduate with his master’s degree and then his doctorate in American Studies. He later helped found one of the country’s first African American studies programs at that same institution in the late 1960s.

 Dr. McFeely is highly recognized for his biographies on Ulysses S. Grant and Frederick Douglass. His 1981, Grant: A Biography, won a Pulitzer prize in 1982. This was then followed by Frederick Douglass, in 1991, which earned him a finalist spot for a Pulitzer in 1992.

Dr. McFeely moved from Yale University to Mount Holyoke College in 1970, where he taught for 16 years. He then taught at the Mount Holyoke College from 1986 until his retirement in 1997. 

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Posted: December 20, 2019
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