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Bill Cecil-Fronsman ’76

Bill Cecil-Fronsman ’76, March 22, 1998, in Topeka, Kansas. After graduating from Reed, bill earned a master’s degree in history from Southern Oregon State University and a PhD from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He taught at Martin College in Tennessee, Ohio; Wesleyan University; and the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. In 1989 he began teaching American history courses at Washburn University, specializing in the Civil War era. He was a fellow of the Center for Kansas Studies at Washburn and a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Alpha Theta, and Sagamor. He was a choir member and lector at St. David Episcopal Church and served as the treasurer and board chairman of the Topeka Center for Peace and Justice. He also served as humanities scholar for the Kansas Humanities Council and as a board member of the Ecumenical Campus Ministries at Washburn. He was the author of Common Whites: Class and Culture in Antebellum North Carolina, published in 1992. He also contributed to the Capital Journal and was editorial consultant for Kansas History. He produced the 1996 Mid-America Conference on History in Topeka. He is survived by his wife, daughter, stepdaughter, mother, sister, brother, and step-grandchild.

Appeared in Reed magazine: August 1998

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