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The Department of History has lost one of its most cherished benefactors. On April 15th, Dan Walbolt passed away after a short illness. Dan and Sylvia, his wife of almost 50 years, endowed three fellowships that allow FSU history graduate students to pursue their thesis research.  Dan received his Bachelor of Science in history from F.S.U. in 1962, having studied with, among others, Dr. Jim Jones. In 1965, Dan received his law degree from NYU, and after practicing law for several years he began a career in academic administration at the University of South Florida. In 1995, Dan and his son Dan Walbolt Jr. founded the company Best Evidence. Dan is survived by his wife Sylvia, his son Dan Jr., five grandchildren, and his brothers, Tom and Mike. Dan was an incredibly personable and kind man who was also a dedicated advocate for the department, its faculty, and its students. His and Sylvia's generosity has immeasurably helped the department advance its goals of serving the University, its students, and the history profession. He will be missed.

We are delighted that Katherine Mooney and Laurie Wood will join the department in August. Dr. Mooney (PhD Yale, 2012) is a specialist in cultural history of the U.S. South in the 19th century. In the fall semester, she will lecture on Civil War & Reconstruction and lead a senior seminar on the evolution of slavery in the U.S. Dr. Wood (PhD Texas, 2013) specializes in the legal history of early modern France and its empire in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. In the fall, she will teach a survey of European history from 1500-1800 and a course called "Patriots and Pirates: Law in the Atlantic World." Welcome! 

Jones retirement

The irreplaceable James Jones, who retires this week after 57 years, was recently the subject of a Tallahassee Democrat article and video.