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We remember in this space the passings of OAH members, friends, colleagues, and others within the profession. Please submit your announcement using this form.

In Memoriam: Lois Green Carr

Lois Green Carr, Historian for Historic St. Mary's City, recently passed away at the age of 93. Dr. Carr served as the Historian for Historic St. Mary's City for 45 years. During that time published and co-authored numerous books and papers about the Maryland region, among them the book Robert Cole's World which was the recipient of many awards. In 2000, Dr. Carr was inducted into the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame and much of her work is still essential reading for scholars of early American History.

Memorial Services celebrating her life will take place at two locations. There will be a service at 4 pm on September 19 at the re-construction Brick Chapel at Historic St. Mary's City with a reception following at the 1676 State House. Tours will be offered prior to the service at St. Mary's City of the various exhibit sites Dr. Carr played a major role in interpreting. A second Memorial Service will be held in Annapolis at 1 pm on September 20 at the Maryland State Archives.

Dr. Carr's full obituary can be read here.

Posted: August 26, 2015
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In Memoriam: Francis Paul Prucha

Father Francis Paul Prucha, SJ, life member of the American Historical Association and long-time member of the history department at Marquette University, died on July 30, 2015, at the age of 94. A specialist in the relationship between Native Americans and the United States government, Prucha published or edited more than twenty-five books. His two-volume The Great Father: The United States Government and the American Indians won the Ray Allen Billington Award from the Organization of American Historians and was one of two finalists for the 1985 Pulitzer Prize in history. Prucha published books on nearly every aspect of Native Americans' relationships with white Americans, ranging from military campaigns to trade relations, from treaties to treaty medals, and from education to missionary work. He also published numerous volumes of documents, bibliographies, maps, and guides to researching Native American history.

A native of northern Wisconsin, Prucha served in the U. S. Army Air Force during the Second World War. He recieved his PhD from Harvard University in 1950, the same year in which he entered the Society of Jesus. He came to Marquette University in 1960 and remained there for the rest of his career, serving as department chair for several years and winning the Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1973. Among his many honors was being named a Fellow of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences in 1986, and receiving honorary degrees from several institutions, including Creighton, Merrimack, Marquette, Loyola-Chicago, and the College of the Holy Cross.

Prucha had a long and distinguished relationship with the Western History Association, serving on the editorial board of the Western Historical Quarterly and as the organization's twenty-second president in 1982-1983. The WHA's Arrington-Prucha Prize recognizes the best journal article published each year in Western religious history.

Posted: August 26, 2015
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In Memoriam: David Kyvig

OAH member David Kyvig died on June 22, 2015. He was emeritus professor of history at Northern Illinois University, having begun teaching there in 1999. He won the Bancroft Prize in 1997 for Explicit and Authentic Acts: Amending the U.S. Constitution, 1776-1995 (Lawrence, 1996). Professor Kyvig served on several OAH committees and was a former OAH Distinguished Lecturer.

Read more about Professor Kyvig's career at AHA Today.

Posted: July 9, 2015
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In Memoriam: Allen Weinstein

Allen Weinstein, former Archivist of the United States, died on June 18, 2015. Professor Weinstein was the ninth archivist of the United States and served from February 2006 to December 2008. He was the author of Perjury: The Hiss-Chambers Case (1978).

Read more about Professor Weinstein's career at the Washington Post and in a statement issued by David S. Ferriero, current Archivist of the United States.

Posted: July 9, 2015
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In Memoriam: Camille Guérin-Gonzales

Professor Camille Guérin-Gonzales, a long-time OAH member, recently passed away on February 24. 

She earned her doctorate at UC-Riverside in 1985, writing the dissertation that eventually appeared in book form, Mexican Workers and American Dreams: Immigration, Repatriation, and California Farm Labor, 1900-1939. Her real love was teaching, which she did at University of Colorado-Boulder, Oberlin College, University of Michigan, UCLA, and University of Wisconsin-Madison. At UCLA, she was among six founding faculty members of the César Chávez Department of Chicana/o Studies. She joined the faculty at UW-Madison in 2001, retiring in 2014.

Memorials may be made to Workers' Rights Center of Madison, Somos Un Pueblo Unidos of New Mexico, Human Rights Campaign, or Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin.

Professor Guérin-Gonzales' full obituary can be viewed here.

Posted: March 17, 2015
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In Memoriam: Jann Warren-Findley

Public historian and OAH Member Jannelle Warren-Findley passed away on February 4, 2015. Dr Warren-Findley earned her Ph.D in American Studies from The George Washington University and was a Fullbright scholar, teaching in both Sweden and at the University of Maryland in England. She was an Associate Professor of History at Arizona State University for more than 20 years. Dr Warren-Findley served as President of the National Council on Public History and on the Executive Board of the Organization of American Historians. She was also one of the founding directors of the National Collaborative for Women's History Sites in 2004 and served until 2007.

Here full obituary can be viewed here.

The National Collaborative for Women's History Sites 'In Memoriam' can be viewed here.

Posted: February 18, 2015
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In Memoriam: Otto H. Olsen

Otto H. Olsen, a scholar of Reconstruction, African American and civil rights history, passed away at age eighty-nine on December 4, 2014, in Gainesville, Florida. A graduate student of C. Vann Woodward, he wrote a pathbreaking study of Albion W. Tourgée, the "carpetbagger" lawyer civil rights advocate who organized bi-racial coalitions and fought for black civil rights during Reconstruction in North Carolina (Carpetbagger's Crusade, 1965); edited an important collection of documents, titled The Thin Disguise (1967), on the monumental 1896 Supreme Court case of Plessy v. Ferguson; and authored influential articles on the incidence of slave ownership and on various aspects of Reconstruction in North Carolina. His edited collection Reconsruction and Redemption in the South (Louisiana State University Press, 1980) surveyed Reconstruction in the various southern states. Otto earned a bachelor's degree from Columbia University and a doctorate from Johns Hopkins. He taught at various universities before accepting a position at Northern Illinois University, where he spent the majority of his faculty years.

His students remember Otto as much for his sterling personal qualities as his scholarship. Otto had provided dangerous service in the merchant marine during World War II. As a graduate student at Columbia he resisted conformity and worked for labor rights and black equality during the McCarthy era. Of Norwegian descent and of humble, working-class origins, he championed social justice issues throughout his life. In his retirement years he wrote a critique of Cold War mythology but also put the legacy of Presidency of John F. Kennedy in a positive light. To us and his other graduate students, Otto modeled a politically engaged intellectual who was a master of the craft of historical research and writing. He remained a supportive mentor and friend throughout his life. Otto combined humanism, humility, and humor with challenging political insights. He is sorely missed. Otto Olsen is survived by his wife Corrine M. Olsen and two children and grandchildren and a sister.

Michael K. Honey, University of Washington Tacoma
Joseph P. Reidy, Howard University


Posted: February 17, 2015
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OAH Mourns the Passing of Past President and Distinguished Member Carl N. Degler

Past President and Distinguished Member Carl N. Degler passed away on December 27, 2014. Professor Degler began his career at Vasser College before moving to Stanford University in 1968. He was one of two men invited to be founding members of the National Organization of Women in 1966. And in 1972, his book Neither Black nor White: Slavery and Race Relations in Brazil and the United States won the Pulitzer Prize. He was president of the OAH from 1979 to 1980. Professor Degler's obituary can be viewed here.

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Posted: January 17, 2015
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In Memoriam: Victor Greene

Victor R. Greene, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Emeritus Professor of History, died on September 5 at the age of 80. A noted scholar and teacher in the fields of American immigration, labor, and popular culture, Professor Greene earned a B.A. cum laude in History from Harvard University (1955), an M.A. in History from the University of Rochester (1960), and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Pennsylvania (1963). Before joining UWM in 1971, Professor Greene taught at the University of Notre Dame and Kansas State University. At UWM, he served on a number of important campus committees, and generously donated to the UWM Foundation and its programs that benefit students. He established a fund in honor of his own hero, former Milwaukee mayor Frank P. Zeidler, an annual award presented to a history master's student interested in American history. Recognizing Professor Greene's long dedication to undergraduate learning, the History Department created the Victor Greene Award to honor the best paper written in a History capstone course. Read More>>

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Posted: September 11, 2014
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In Memoriam: Felix Armfield


We wish to thank our colleagues at the Association for the Study of African American Life and History  (ASALH) for allowing us to share this remembrance of Professor Felix Armfield, professor of history at Buffalo State, The State University of New York. Armfield was a longtime member of the Organization of American Historians, joining in 1996, and he served on the OAH Committee on Public History from 2001-2005.

May 6, 2014

Felix ArmfieldIt with great sadness that the ASALH family announces the loss of our former Executive Council member, Dr. Felix Armfield. Felix was an active and dedicated life member of ASALH and had been a member of the association for over thirty years.

A dedicated teacher-scholar, Dr. Armfield has been recognized for his teaching and service at Western Illinois University and Buffalo State College. Most recently, he was awarded the Hero Award from the Disability Services Office, The Students' Award for the Promotion of Respect for Diversity and Individual Differences, and the William Wells Brown Award from the Afro-American Historical Association of the Niagara Frontier.

Dr. Armfield was an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. He was very passionate and dedicated to preserving the history and legacy of the fraternity. His most recent publication, Eugene Kinckle Jones: The National Urban League and Black Social Work, 1910-1940, honors the legacy of this important Black leader of the early twentieth century, but it also honors the legacy of one of the jewels of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

Felix Armfield is survived by his father, Jasper Armfield, Jr. (Shirley), Belvoir, NC; his grandmother, Mrs. Christine Armfield, Greenville, NC; his sisters, Kimberly Armfield, Upper Marlboro, MD and Sandy McKenny, Fredricksburg, VA; one brother, Jeffrey Armfield (Venetia), New Haven, CT; his loving godmother, Shirley Hunter, Greenville,NC; and a family of aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, cousins, and loving friends, including Quince Brinkley, Jacqueline McLeod, Bonita Durand, Ron Stewart, Diane "Cookie" Williams, and Bettye Gardner.

Services will be held on Saturday, May 10, 2014. The viewing/wake will be held at noon and the funeral will follow at 1 p.m. EST at Holly Hill Free Will Baptist Church, 755 Porter Road, Greenville, NC 27834 where Bishop James E. Tripp, Jr. presides. The burial will be at Burial Dancy Memorial Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent to his grandmother, Ms. Christine Armfield, 563 Lake Road, #104, Greenville, NC 27834.

Felix possessed an unwavering commitment to his alma mater, 'dear ole NCCU', and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. Therefore, instead of flowers the family requests that you send donations to the Felix Armfield ASALH-NCCU Fund that will support NCCU students' continuous participation in the ASALH. You may send your donations to: The Association for the Study of African American Life and History, 2225 Georgia Avenue, Suite 331, Washington, DC 20059. E-mail: info@asalh.net

Sylvia Y. Cyrus, Executive Director
Association for the Study of African American Life and History


Posted: May 8, 2014
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In Memoriam: William Pencak

William PencakWilliam Pencak, professor emeritus of history at Penn State University, distinguished historian of early American history, historian of Pennsylvania, and twice editor of Pennsylvania History, died December 9, 2013, in Atlanta, Georgia, of cardiac failure following heart surgery. He was a member of the Organization of American Historians since 1975.

A native New Yorker, William Pencak received his BA from Columbia University in 1972, with an MA the following year and a PhD in history in 1978. The years that followed included scholarly production on a phenomenal scale. His first books, War, Politics, and Revolution in Provincial Massachusetts (1981) and America's Burke: The Mind of Thomas Hutchinson (1982), focused on New England, while his third, For God and Country: The American Legion, 1919-1941 (1989) explored a twentieth-century topic for a very special reason: he wrote the book that a friend had set out to do, prior to his untimely death.

The publications that followed would reveal the polymath mind that Bill Pencak possessed. His score of single-authored or edited volumes ranged from the intricacies of early American ethnicity, culture, and conflict to film studies, opera history, and semiotics. In the last decade, much of his intellectual passion focused on the history of early American religion. His Jews and Gentiles in Early America, 1654-1800 (2005) took him into the reconstruction of an oft-overlooked segment of colonial society, as well as giving him the chance to focus on his own heritage. The ideas he wrote of in that book led to new avenues to explore in the classroom. He taught classes in Jewish studies prior to his retirement from Penn State's University Park campus, and following his retirement he accepted a position as Bert and Fanny Meisler Visiting Professor of History and Jewish Studies in the Department of History at the University of South Alabama. At the same time he wrote the chronological successor volume to Jews and Gentiles, he was also working on a biography of Bishop William White, Pennsylvania's first Episcopal Bishop.

Bill Pencak's passion for Pennsylvania history was a central focus of his career. He coedited the massive Pennsylvania: A History of the Commonwealth as much to engage in a history that fascinated him as to have the chance to work with his friend Randall Miller and numerous other friends. Service to community and commonwealth were always at the center of his life. A decades-long stalwart of the Philadelphia and McNeil Center for Early American History's Friday seminars and Zuckerman salons, he is remembered for his intense intellectual engagement of presenters as well as the sense of humor and love of good fellowship that he had there. Those characteristics combined ideally in the two periods in which he edited Pennsylvania History. He expanded its readership and scholarly focus during his first term as editor, including creating the annual Explorations in Early American Culture in partnership with the McNeil Center. In 1998, he honored me by inviting me to serve as his coeditor. Later, this work would lead to the creation of the new journal, Early American Studies, where he continued to serve as senior consulting editor until his death. While he took a few years off from journal editing to pursue other projects, he returned to helm Pennsylvania History a few years later. When news of Bill Pencak's sudden death spread throughout the academic community, stunned colleagues around the country responded with a similar statement: Bill Pencak was the first major scholar who noticed their – our – work, and he was the one who helped craft rough prose into numerous first published articles.

It is hard to sum up the warmth, the kindness, the sense of humor, and other personal attributes that were my dear friend Bill Pencak. Falstaffian in size and personality, he shared Dr. Samuel Johnson's passion for friendships, wit, and good conversation. His generosity in providing hospitality for emerging scholars was unsurpassed. He routinely drove to conferences so he could give free transportation to young members of the profession who could not afford airfare. On a personal level, we thought of him as a member of our family, and I will always remember Bill sitting on my couch, watching TLA Video VHS tapes for his The Films of Derek Jarman, assisted by our yellow Lab (he always joked she enjoyed film history, too); spreading out the illustrations for one book or another on our coffee tables and floors; sitting up to all hours discussing the history profession and its practitioners; and driving to professional meetings, listening to CDs of Julianne Baird and his other favorite opera performers. As I write this, a line Franklin used to remember one of his best friends comes to mind. He was a "Gentleman of some Fortune, generous, lively and witty, a Lover of Punning and of his Friends." Hundreds of grieving friends now mourn Bill's untimely passing.

Bill is survived by his mother, Harriet Pencak, and husband Vincent Parker. His father, only brother, and nephew preceded him in death.

George W. Boudreau, Penn State Harrisonburg

Posted: May 8, 2014
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In Memoriam: Irving Brinton Holley Jr.

Irving Brinton Holley, Jr., Professor Emeritus of History at Duke University and Major General, US Air Force (ret.), died August 12, 2013, in Durham, NC. At the time of his death he was 94 years old.

Professor Holley was a native of Torrington, Connecticut, and graduated cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Amherst College in 1940. He was working toward a Ph.D. at Yale University and had received the Tew Prize as Outstanding Scholar in History when the attack on Pearl Harbor occurred, and he enlisted in the US Army. Trained as an aerial gunner, he was commissioned at Officer Candidate School. He returned to private life as a captain after five years of active duty but remained in the US Air Force reserves until he retired in 1981 with the rank of major general, after nearly 40 years of service to his country.

He completed his Ph.D. at Yale in 1947, receiving the Townshend Prize for Best Dissertation, and then accepted a position at Duke University. Although he officially retired in 1989, he continued teaching until the age of 92, making him both the oldest and longest serving professor in Duke’s history. In 2004, Professor Holley inspired the project “Books for Baghdad,” an effort by the university community to donate scholarly books and other materials to Iraqi university libraries which had been destroyed during Saddam Hussein’s regime and the Gulf Wars. He also served on the NC Health Planning Council, the Board of Trustees of Durham Academy, and as Senior Warden at St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church. He was a member of the Organization of American Historians from 1965 until 1996. 

Professor Holley’s field was American intellectual and social history with a special emphasis on the history of technology. He was the author eight books, most notably Ideas and Weapons, a study of the relationships of technology, military doctrine, and weapons development. First issued in 1953, the book has been published in four editions and is still in print. It continues as an important text for several US military staff schools and war colleges. Other books Professor Holley wrote include General John M. Palmer, Citizen Soldier, and the Army of a Democracy, and Buying Aircraft: Materiel Procurement for the Army Air Forces, a World War II official history for the US Army Center of Military History. More recently, at the age of 89, he published his last scholarly book, The Highway Revolution, 1895-1925: How the United States Got Out of the Mud.

Professor Holley taught and mentored several generations of PhD’s and in so doing made a major contribution to the field of military history. Widely regarded as one of the nation’s leading authorities on military doctrine, he continued to lecture on the subject long after his retirement from the university. He served as visiting professor at the US military academy at West Point, NY, and the National Defense University. He was a frequent lecturer at the Army and Air Force Staff Colleges, the Army, Navy, and Air War Colleges, and the Pentagon. He also lectured at the US Marine University, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the Royal Swedish Military Staff College in Stockholm, Sweden.

Professor Holley was an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He was a recipient of the Duke Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award, and the Samuel Eliot Morison Prize for History for his body of contributions to the field of military history. He was awarded the Army’s Outstanding Civilian Service Medal, and the Air Force’s Exceptional Service and Distinguished Service Medals, and the Air Force Legion of Merit. In 2007 he was the first recipient of an award named in his honor by the Air Force for individuals who have made a “sustained, significant contribution to the documentation of Air Force history during a lifetime of service.”

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Janet Carlson Holley, and his daughters Janet Wegner of Garrett Park, MD, Jean Schmidt of Greenville, SC, and Susan Holley of Clover, SC, as well as eight grandchildren and two great-grandsons. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at The Forest at Duke, 2701 Pickett Road, Durham, NC 27705 at 2:00 p.m. in the auditorium.

Posted: March 19, 2014
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In Memoriam: Merton L. Dillon

Merton L. Dillon, professor at Ohio State University, passed away on May 3, 2013. A member of the OAH since 1950, Dillon retired from teaching in 1991. The following remembrance of Professor Dillon was written by Hugh Davis, Professor Emeritus of History, Southern Connecticut State University.

Merton Lynn Dillon (1924-2013)

Merton Dillon, professor emeritus of history at Ohio State University and an OAH member since 1950, died on May 4, 2013, from polymyositis. During his career, he taught a broad array of courses on American history, especially antislavery, slavery, the American South, and the Civil War and Reconstruction. He also guided numerous Master's theses and doctoral dissertations in these subject areas. Merton was a model teacher-scholar who impressed upon his students the necessity of engaging in thorough research In primary and secondary sources. He insisted that his students ask hard questions of the evidence and encouraged them to write succinctly and clearly. Merton was a supportive and attentive mentor to his former students and other historians. Students were drawn to Dillon by his sterling scholarship, his carefully crafted lectures, and his exemplary values. While deeply committed to the principles of justice and equality, he never sought to impose his views on his students. He was a modest man of great integrity who lived and taught by example.

Merton was born on April 4, 1924, in Addison, Michigan. He graduated from Michigan State Normal College in 1945, and then earned his MA in 1948 and his PhD in 1951 from the University of Michigan, where he studied under Dwight Dumond. He subsequently taught at the New Mexico Military Institute (1951-1956), Texas Tech College (1956-1965), and Northern Illinois University (1965-1967), before moving to Ohio State University (1967-1991).

In his dissertation on "The Antislavery Movement in Illinois, 1809-1844," and related articles and two books, Merton reoriented antislavery scholarship away from Garrisonian abolitionism in the Northeast after 1830 and toward antislavery efforts in the West and South prior to the 1830s. His first two books—Elijah P. Lovejoy, Abolitionist Editor (1961) and Benjamin Lundy and the Struggle for Negro Freedom (1966)—reinforced that shift in orientation in antislavery historical studies.

In 1959, Dillon wrote a seminal article, "The Failure of American Abolitionists," which reflected his conviction that abolitionists "failed" because slavery was destroyed by war rather than moral arguments and political pressure. Yet he also came to acknowledge that slaves and their northern black and white allies were instrumental in pushing slavery toward extinction. Dillon most fully developed his analysis of antislavery dissent in The Abolitionists: The Growth of a Dissenting Minority (1974), which remained a leading general study in the field for many years. His belief that slave resistance deeply influenced antislavery ideology and progressively weakened the institution of slavery formed the core argument in his Slavery Attacked: Southern Slaves and Their Allies (1990). Throughout this and other studies, he contended that individual actions and choices played a significant role in shaping history. This theme inspired the essays in a festschrift to Dillon, The Moment of Decision: Biographical Essays on American Character and Regional Identity (1994), edited by Randall M. Miller and John R. McKivigan.

Dillon also remained interested in the sources of southern thought. In his biography of an influential southern historian—Ulrich Bonnell Phillips, Historian of the Old South (1985)—he re-examined the racist underpinnings of southern historical thought. Upon his retirement in 1991, Dillon bought a farm near his family in Michigan, where he continued to read history and mentor his former students and colleagues. He is survived by a sister and a brother.

—Hugh Davis, Professor Emeritus of History, Southern Connecticut State University.

More information is available at: http://www.brownvanhemert.com/obituary/Dr.-Merton-L.-Dillon-PhD/Somerset-Twp.-Jerome-MI/1204427

Posted: January 13, 2014
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In Memoriam: Pauline Maier

Pauline Maier, the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of American History at the Massachusetts Institute of Techonology, passed away on August 12, 2013. A life member of the Organiation of American Historians, Maier joined the organization in 1973.

More information is available at: http://s-usih.org/2013/08/pauline-maier-1938-2013.html

Posted: September 3, 2013
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In Memoriam: Robert Tropea

Robert Tropea of Woburn, Massachusetts, passed away on July 25, 2013.

More information is available at: http://www.lynch-cantillon.com/Obituary?id=2948

Posted: September 3, 2013
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In Memoriam: Gilbert Schuyler Bahn

Gilbert S. Bahn of Moorpark, California, died on July 3, 2013.

More information is available at: http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Gilbert-Bahn&lc=4800&pid=165682285&mid=5590920

Posted: September 3, 2013
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In Memoriam: Robert F. Engs

Robert F. Engs passed away on January 14, 2013. He is a former visiting professor of history at William & Mary, and emeritus professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Engs joined the OAH in 1975.

More information is available at: http://www.wm.edu/news/announcements/2013/message-on-the-passing-of-robert-f.-engs.php

Posted: September 3, 2013
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In Memoriam: John K. Thomas

John Kyle Thomas, PhD, died on March 12, 2013. Born November 30, 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee, Thomas was professor of history at Roane State Community College.

More information is available at: http://smithmortuary.tributes.com/show/Dr.-John-K.-Thomas-95413773

Posted: September 3, 2013
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In Memoriam: Ann J. Lane

Ann J. Lane, a pioneer in Women’s History and Women’s Studies, passed away on Memorial Day, May 27, at the age of 81. She had retired in 2009 from the University of Virginia, where she was Professor of History and director of Women’s Studies (now the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Program) from 1990 to 2003.

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Posted: August 29, 2013
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In Memoriam: Arvarh Strickland

Historian and fifty-year member of the OAH, Arvarh Strickland, died April 30, 2013 at the age of 82. Strickland made history in 1969 when he became the first African American to hold a tenure-track position at the University of Missouri in Columbia. He served with distinction in various capacities as a faculty member and chair of the Department of History; principal architect of the MU Black Studies Program; associate vice president of academic affairs, University of Missouri System; and special assistant to the MU Chancellor.

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Posted: May 13, 2013
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