Remembering Robert K. Webb


Published: Feb 20, 2012

From Marjoleine Kars, Chair of the History Department

I regret to inform the campus that Robert K. Webb died on February 14. Born in 1922, Bob Webb was long the preeminent American scholar of British history, with a glittering array of Guggenheim, NEH, and other fellowships and distinctions. He came to UMBC in 1975, from being editor of the American Historical Review, the nation’s most important journal of history, and before that he had been Professor of History at Columbia University.

Giving his energy, leadership, and commitment, not just his name and stature, to UMBC, he helped shape not only the History Department but also the University. He was chair of the History Department for much of the period from the mid-1970s until his retirement in 1992, served a year as UMBC’s Acting Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (now Provost), and was named UMBC’s first Presidential Research Professor. He remained connected to the Department after his retirement, partly through the R.K. Webb Lecture. His obituary in the Washington Post can be found here.

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