Honored scholar Norman A. Graebner dies at 94





Norman A. Graebner, a former University of Virginia professor who was known for his love of teaching and esteemed for his knowledge on American diplomatic history, died on May 10 at the Colonnades in Charlottesville. He was 94.

Graebner, who was a UVa faculty member from 1967 to 1986, was the recipient of several academic accolades, including being named the Edward R. Stettinius Professor of Modern American History and the Randolph P. Compton Professor of history. The revered historian and lecturer also authored, co-authored or edited more than 20 books, most of them about U.S. diplomatic history. But, as he recalled in his 2002 autobiography, “A Twentieth-Century Odyssey: Memoir of a Life in Academe,” teaching domi-nated Graebner’s life and gave him the greatest rewards.

In a news release, UVa President John T. Casteen III described Graebner as a true gentleman and scholar.
“He has lived the scholar’s life with qualities of intellectual rigor, human kindness and collegiality that few can equal,” Casteen said. “He was an exciting, always brilliant teacher. His articles and books define excellence in historical scholarship. His kindness, lust for life, and fundamental decency have inspired and empowered two long generations of UVa students and faculty members and his col-leagues everywhere.”...



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