La Forte, Robert S(herman) 1933-

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La FORTE, Robert S(herman) 1933-


Born September 8, 1933, in Frontenac, KS; son of Modesto Nathaniel (a laborer) and Josephine Ann (a homemaker; maiden name, Slapschach) La Forte; married Frances Ann Crain (a librarian); children: Mark Francis, Geoffrey Louis, Russell Andre. Education: Kansas State College of Pittsburg (now Pittsburg State University), B.S.E., 1954, M.S., 1959; University of Texas—Austin, M.L.S., 1968; University of Kansas, Ph.D., 1966. Politics: Republican. Religion: Christian.


Home—2917 Croydon Lane, Denton, TX 76209.


East Texas State University, Commerce, professor of history, 1964-67; University of North Texas, Denton, professor of history, 1968-2000. Also worked as university archivist. Emily Fowler Public Library, vice chair, late 1970s; City of Denton, chair of Public Utility Board and Planning and Zoning Commission, 1980s. Military service: U.S. Army.


National Association of Scholars.


President's Council Teacher Award, 1992, Student Association's Honor Professor Award, 1992, 1995, Fessor Graham Award, 1994, and Faculty Senate J. H. Shelton Award, 1995, all from University of North Texas; Alumni Meritorious Achievement Award, Pittsburg State University, 2001.


Leaders of Reform: Progressive Republicans in Kansas, University Press of Kansas (Lawrence, KS), 1973.

Down the Corridor of Years, University of North Texas Press (Denton, TX), 1989.

Our National Heritage, Kendall-Hunt (Dubuque, IA), 1989.

(Editor, with Ronald E. Marcello) Remembering Pearl Harbor: Eyewitness Accounts by U.S. Military Men and Women, Scholarly Resources (Wilmington, DE), 1991.

(Editor, with Ronald E. Marcello) Building the Death Railway: The Ordeal of American POWs in Burma, 1942-1945, Scholarly Resources (Wilmington, DE), 1993.

Our National Heritage, American Heritage (New York, NY), 1996.

(Editor, with Ronald E. Marcello and Richard L. Himmel) With Only the Will to Live: Accounts of Americans in Japanese Prison Camps, 1941-1945, Scholarly Resources (Wilmington, DE), 1994.

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