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Ronald Wayne Hanks ’64

Ronald Wayne Hanks ’64, June 27, 2010, in Salem, Oregon. Ronald graduated from Reed with a BA in history, and married Dorothy I. Milford. He continued his studies in history at the University of Pittsburgh and at Rice University, where he earned a PhD. For his dissertation, “The End of an Institution: The Austro-Hungarian Army in Italy, 1918,” he received the John W. Gardner Award (for the most original doctoral dissertation) and the Captain Charles Septimus Longcope Award (for the best overall dissertation) in humanities and social sciences. He also was awarded the Southern Historical Association prize for best graduate research paper in European history. His dissertation was published in Italy in 1994 as Il Tramonto Di Un'Instituzione, L'armata austrio-ungarica in Italia (1918). Ronald worked as registrar of vital statistics for the city of Houston for 23 years, retiring in 2001.

Appeared in Reed magazine: December 2010

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