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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.

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