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Frank Smith Fussner, Faculty

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Frank Smith Fussner, professor emeritus of history, April 17, 2008, at his ranch on the banks of the John Day River near Spray, Oregon. Smith Fussner received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College in 1942, and his graduate degree in 1951 from Harvard University, where he also taught history and literature. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Shortly before leaving for duty in 1943, he married Jane Spencer. Fussner began teaching at Reed in 1951, and retired in 1971 to be a rancher. He is the author of Historical Revolution, on English historical writing and thought (1580-1640), first published in 1962, and Tudor History and Historians (1970). He was awarded a Fulbright scholarship, for study in 1964–65 at the University of Swansea in Wales. His wife died in 1990. Survivors include his companion, Donna Dunbar; his son and daughter; and two grandchildren.

Appeared in Reed magazine: August 2008

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