Skip to main content

Gailey, Harry A(lfred) 1926-2004

GAILEY, Harry A(lfred) 1926-2004

OBITUARY NOTICE— See index for CA sketch: Born December 4, 1926, in Kansas City, MO; died of congestive heart failure September 25, 2004, in British Columbia, Canada. Historian, educator, and author. Gailey was a professor emeritus at San Jose State University whose specialization was British colonial Africa. A veteran of the U.S. Army Air Forces who was also in the Army Reserve from 1946 to 1955, he worked as a mechanical and civil engineer in southern California from 1946 until 1952. His undergraduate and graduate work was done at the University of California at Los Angeles, where he completed his Ph.D. in 1958. Gailey's academic career began at Northwest Missouri State University; he was an associate professor and department chair there from 1957 to 1962. He then joined the San Jose State University faculty as an assistant professor, becoming a full professor in 1968 and later retiring as professor emeritus. While at San Jose, he was named an outstanding professor and a president's scholar, one of only a half dozen faculty members to have won both awards. Gailey was also a productive author, often writing about Africa and World War II. Among his many books are History of Africa from Earliest Times to 1800 (1970), History of Africa from 1800 to Present (1972), Africa: Troubled Continent (1982), Bougainville, 1943-1945: The Forgotten Campaign (1991), and MacArthur Strikes Back: Decision at Buna, New Guinea, 1942-1943 (2000).



Chronicle of Higher Education, October 15, 2004, p. A42.


Spartan Daily Online, (December 3, 2004).

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"Gailey, Harry A(lfred) 1926-2004." Contemporary Authors. . 18 Sep. 2019 <>.

"Gailey, Harry A(lfred) 1926-2004." Contemporary Authors. . (September 18, 2019).

"Gailey, Harry A(lfred) 1926-2004." Contemporary Authors. . Retrieved September 18, 2019 from

Learn more about citation styles

Citation styles gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.

Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:

Modern Language Association

The Chicago Manual of Style

American Psychological Association

  • Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
  • In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.