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Department of History

In Memoriam

The Department of History is very saddened to share that our friend and colleague Professor Al Hamscher passed away on June 6, 2019 after a short battle with cancer. A native of Philadelphia, Professor Hamscher had been a member of the History Department since 1972. Over the course of his career, he established an international reputation as a specialist of French 17th century. In 2008, he was named the inaugural Kenneth S. Davis Chair of History in recognition of his exemplary teaching and overall impressive record of professional accomplishments. In recent years he was named Honorary Sergeant of the US Army and in 2019 chosen as a Friend of the 97th M.P. Battalion. Private services were held with burial in the Sunrise Cemetery in Manhattan. The History Department will be organizing a public celebration of Professor Hamscher’s life and accomplishments early in the Fall 2019 semester. Details will be posted to our department's Facebook page. Contact the History Department office at 785-532-6730 for condolence information. Memorial contributions in Professor Hamscher's memory may be made to either the T. Russell Reitz Animal Shelter (https://cityofmhk.com/288/Adopt-a-Pet) or the Kansas State University Foundation for the Florence Hamscher Fund (https://www.k-state.edu/history/alumni/donations.html).

Al Hamscher teaching in the 1970'sAl Hamscher recent image

To see Dr. Hamscher's KSU History Department faculty page, click HERE.

(updated July 2019)