David Herbert Donald passed away Sunday, May 17, 2009, at the age of 88. Donald was a life member of the AHA, having joined the organization in 1946. The Mississippi native was a well-regarded scholar of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War era, and the winner of two Pulitzer Prizes for biographies of abolitionist Charles Sumner (1961) and writer Thomas Wolfe (1988).
Donald received his undergraduate degree from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi (1941), and then received his MA (1942) and PhD (1946) in history from the University of Illinois, where his advisor was James G.
John Hope Franklin, the eminent historian of African American history, civil rights activist, and teacher died yesterday of congestive heart failure at the Duke University Hospital in Durham, NC. He was 94.
Born in 1915 he grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma and witnessed the tumultuous race riots of 1921 and saw his father’s legal offices burned down. Although barred from admission to the University of Oklahoma, he studied at Fisk as an undergraduate, and Harvard for graduate studies and received his PhD in 1941.
In Remembrance of Roy A. Rosenzweig
On October 12th AHA Today recognized the life and work of Roy Rosenzweig, who passed away on the evening of October 11th. The news of this loss has spread across the Internet, where numerous blog posts and articles went up soon after Rosenzweig’s death. Here are links to a few:
Roy Rosenzweig, the Mark and Barbara Fried Professor of History & New Media at George Mason University, and a friend and councilor of the AHA, passed away yesterday, October 11, 2007, due to complications resulting from advanced cancer of the lungs.
Rosenzweig was that rare academic: consummately knowledgeable, self-reliant, productive, intuitively creative, and above all, a humanist who helpfully bridged the often intimidating gap between the seeming elitism of academia and his students. At George Mason University, Rosenzweig also headed the Center for History and New Media (which he cofounded), and developed it with a pioneering enthusiasm, making it one of the leading centers for digital history.
Eugen Weber, AHA life member and the recipient of the Association’s Award for Scholarly Distinction for 1999, died on Thursday, May 17, 2007, according to a press release from UCLA, where Weber was emeritus professor of history. He was 82. Weber, who was, for a time, dean of UCLA’s College of Letters and Science, was one of the foremost interpreters of the history of modern France. His historical investigations, which often made innovative use of nontraditional sources, covered a wide field, from high cultures and politics to rural economies and social structures.
Alfred D. Chandler Jr., the man Fortune magazine once described as “America’s pre-eminent business historian,” died last week at the age of 88. He was best known for his 1978 Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Visible Hand: The Managerial Revolution in American Business, which shows how a new class of salaried, professional managers wrested control of the American economy from the phantom market forces described by Adam Smith. Chandler’s theories earned him international praise and forever altered the field of economic history.
The AHA is saddened to report the death of Robert M. Warner on April 24, 2007, in Ann Arbour, Michigan, of a heart attack. Warner served as the sixth Archivist of the United States from July 1980 to April 15, 1985. During his term, Warner was instrumental in making the national archives an independent federal agency, capable of requesting its own budget from Congress, where it had previously been under the auspices of the General Services Administration and the whims of political appointees who did not necessarily have library or archives experience.
Arthur M. Schlesinger jr., one of the most distinguished historians of the 20th and 21st centuries and a life member of the AHA, died of a heart attack last night in Manhattan. He was 89. During his academic career, Schlesinger taught at Harvard University and the City University of New York. He also worked extensively outside of the academy. During World War II he worked for the Office of Strategic Services, a forerunner to the CIA, and later on, he served as an advisor and speechwriter to President Kennedy.