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Professor of History Emeritus Robert Calhoon died Jan. 14.

He came to teach at The Woman’s College (now UNCG) in 1964.

He taught generations of students in both the Department of History and in the Residential College, now one of several residential learning communities for students within the university. In 2005, when UNCG began offering a Ph.D. in American history, he served as advisor for the first dissertations.

Calhoon wrote or edited nine books, contributed to another sixteen volumes, and published countless articles. From 1996 to 2000, he served as the faculty marshal and mace bearer at UNCG Commencement. In 2008, he was honored for 30 years of teaching with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award by Governor Mike Easley. As historian Rebecca Brannan has noted, Robert was someone who “epitomizes intellectual life as a joyous enterprise always open to new people and new conversations.”

He was featured in UNCG’s Oral History Interviews.

Memorial services will be planned for June 2022 in both Valle Crucis and Greensboro, North Carolina.

Gifts in Calhoon’s Honor can be made to the Center for New North Carolinians at UNCG.

 
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