Emeritus faculty John D. Born, Jr. passed away on October 19, 2011, in Waxahachie, Texas, where he lived in retirement. Professor Born came to Wichita State University in 1964, after receiving his Ph.D. At the University of New Mexico teaching in the Department of History until his retirement in 2004. He taught his courses in American colonial and revolutionary history to thousands of students, many of whom became fascinated with the period due to his captivating lectures on the founding fathers. He published his book, The American Spectrum: A Documentary History to 1865 (1968) and regularly presented his research at national conferences, contributed book reviews to professional journals. He served as the department’s Graduate Coordinator for nearly twenty years, advising and encouraging dozens of the graduate students in the M.A. Program. Always the consummate gentleman, he was highly regarded as one our most delightful colleagues, winning the department’s Faculty Merit Award in 1998.
John Born's obituary in The Wichita Eagle can be accessed here.