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In Memoriam

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: Nancy Bernkopf Tucker

Nancy Bernkopf Tucker, Georgetown University professor and OAH Life Member, passed away in December, 2012.

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Posted: April 30, 2013
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In Memoriam: Robert Remini

Robert Remini, former historian for the US House of Representatives, died April 1, 2013. He was 91 years old. A member of the Organization of American Historians for more than 52 years, Remini was an award-winning biographer and "foremost Jacksonian scholar of our time."

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Posted: April 3, 2013
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In Memoriam: Walter L. Sargent

Walter L. Sargent, University of Maine Farmington, passed away on January 27.

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Posted: March 26, 2013
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In Memoriam: Vernon S. "Pete" Braswell

Vernon S. "Pete" Braswell died January 31, 2013. Braswell taught American history at Del Mar College from 1965 until 1989. He was in his fiftieth year as a member of the Organization of American Historians.

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Posted: March 26, 2013
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In Memoriam: Edward M. Bennett

Edward M. Bennett died on March 3, 2013. He taught for 33 years at Washington State University and was a member of the OAH for more than 50 years.

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Posted: March 26, 2013
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In Memoriam: Robert H. Zieger

Robert H. Zieger, Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Florida, passed away on March 6, 2013. Zieger, a fify-one-year member of the OAH, began his teaching career at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 1964 and moved to the University of Florida in 1986. Paul Ortiz, University of Florida, has written a remembrance of Professor Zieger for the Southern Labor Studies Association Web site.

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Posted: March 26, 2013
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Remembering Gerda Lerner, a Pioneer in Women's History

Gerda Lerner, past president of the Organization of American Historians (1981-1982), and pioneer in women's and gender history, passed away on January 2, 2013 at the age of 92.

The following remembrance of Gerda Lerner was prepared by Mari Jo Buhle, and appeared in the February 2013 issue of OAH Outlook.

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Posted: January 4, 2013
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In Memoriam: Thomas K. McCraw

Thomas K. McCraw, Isidor Straus Professor of Business History, Emeritus, at Harvard Business School (HBS), and former editor of the Business History Review, died on Saturday, November 3, 2012.

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Posted: December 13, 2012
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In Memoriam: Herbert Shapiro

University of Cincinnati professor emeritus Herbert Shapiro passed away on October 17, 2012. Shapiro was a member of OAH for more than forty-five years. Roger Daniels remembers "Herb" Shapiro, his colleague at the University of Cincinnati.

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Posted: December 12, 2012
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In Memoriam: Alfred F. Young

Northern Illinois University professor Alfred F. Young passed away Tuesday, November 6, 2012, at the age of 87. Young, a fifty year member of the OAH, was the recipient of the OAH Distinguished Service Award in 2000. Upon his retirement from NIU, he was a Senior Research Fellow at the Newberry Library in Chicago, until 2005.

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Posted: November 7, 2012
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In Memoriam: Bertram Wyatt-Brown

The OAH is saddened to learn of the passing of Bertram Wyatt-Brown. Wyatt-Brown died November 4, 2012. He was 80 years of age.

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Posted: November 6, 2012
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In Memoriam: Alexander Saxton

University of California, Los Angeles historian Alexander Saxton died on September 1, 2012 at the age of 93.

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Posted: November 6, 2012
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In Memoriam: Paul Young

OAH member and Utica College professor of history, Paul Young, died On October 1, 2012. He was 67.

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Posted: November 5, 2012
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In Memoriam: John C. Williams

John C. Williams, an OAH life member, died on October 19, 2012 in Brewster, MA. He was 74 years of age. Williams received his BA in history and MA in teaching from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He taught history and Social Studies for 36 years, much of it in the Weston (MA) Public Schools.

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Posted: October 25, 2012
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In Memoriam: Irene Neu Jones

Professor Irene Neu Jones, 96, of Marietta, died October 5, 2012 at Marietta Memorial Hospital. Professor Jones was born March 21, 1916, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Frederick F. Neu and Mary Clara (Holderman) Neu. She graduated from Marietta College in 1944 with a degree in history, and obtained her PhD in history from Cornell University in 1950. As a professor of history, she dedicated the next 66 years of her life to the education of college students and the expansion of their knowledge of history. During her active professorial career, she held numerous chair positions. Upon her retirement from full time teaching, she was named Professor Emeritus at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., in November of 1986. She was an active member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Marietta. A strong supporter of the Legacy Library of Marietta College, Irene was an active volunteer there until her death. She also served on the board of directors of The Women's Home of Marietta.

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Posted: October 11, 2012
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In Memoriam: Anna Kasten Nelson

Distinguished Historian-in-Residence at American University, died at her home in Washington DC, on September 27, 2012. Anna K. Nelson taught courses related to the history of American Foreign Relations from 1783 to the present. She wrote her dissertation and published on the diplomacy of the 19th century before moving her research into the post World War II period. In addition to her teaching and research, she has testified before Congress and written in support of Freedom of Information Act and access to documents in the National Archives. She was a member of the Department of State Advisory Committee on Historical Diplomatic Documentation and received a presidential appointment to the John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Review Board. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Paul Nelson, and is survived by her sister Reba Kasten Nosoff, her two sons, Eric (Sarah) and Michael; and her three grandchildren Faith, Marc, and Jeffrey Nelson.

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Posted: October 11, 2012
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In Memoriam: Henry F. May

Henry May, one of his generation’s most distinguished historians, died Saturday, September 29, at the age of 97. May was Margaret Bryne Professor of American History Emeritus at the University of California Berkeley, where he had taught from 1952 until his retirement in 1980.

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Posted: October 11, 2012
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In Memoriam: James Lorence

James Lorence, died in June 2012. For 35 years he had taught at the University of Wisconsin Marathon County. Lorence joined the OAH in 1964.

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Posted: August 21, 2012
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In Memoriam: Lee Benson

Dr. Lee Benson, professor emeritus of history and a Distinguished Senior Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania's Netter Center for Community Partnerships, died on February 10, 2012. He was 90 years of age. Dr. Benson, a 45-year member of the OAH, graduated from Brooklyn College in 1947. He received his MA from Columbia University in 1948 and his PhD from Cornell University in 1952.

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Posted: June 12, 2012
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In Memoriam: Thomas J. Pressly

Longtime OAH member Thomas J. Pressly died at age 93 on April 3, 2012.

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Posted: June 1, 2012
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