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Claudio G. Segre ’57

Claudio G. Segre ’57, of a heart attack while jogging, May 25, 1995, in Berkeley, California. He was professor of modern European history at the University of Texas, Austin, and a distinguished writer, historian, and authority on Italian fascism. He earned a master's degree in English from Stanford University in 1961, a second master's in history from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1963, and a PhD in history from Berkeley in 1970. Before completing his doctorate, he worked as a reporter for United Press International in Los Angeles and the Wall Street Journal in San Francisco. He began teaching at the University of Texas, Austin, in 1970, where he was professor of modern European history. In 1991–92, he was the Charles A. Lindbergh Professor of Air and Space History at the National Air and Space Museum in Chevy Chase, Maryland. He was spending the 1994–95 academic year at the University of California at Berkeley and Stanford at the time of his death. Claudio authored a wide range of books and essays during his career. His 1987 biography, Italo Balbo: A Fascist Life (University of California Press), won the Italian Air Force Historical Association Prize and the Marraro Prize of the Society of Italian Historical Studies. He also wrote a number of essays, books reviews, and humorous pieces for national publications that included the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Runners World. His short stories were published in Midstream, Il Caffe, Easy Life, and A Loving Voice. His last book, Atoms, Bombs, and Eskimo Kisses: A Memoir of Father and Son, about his relationship with his father, Emilio Segre, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist, is due for publication in September by Viking. He is survived by his wife, two sons, a daughter, and two sisters.

Appeared in Reed magazine: August 1995

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