McKitrick, Eric Louis 1919-2002
McKITRICK, Eric Louis 1919-2002
OBITUARY NOTICE—See index for CA sketch: Born July 5, 1919, in Battle Creek, MI; died April 24, 2002, in New York, NY. Historian, educator, and author. Mc-Kitrick was a respected scholar of U.S. history. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, after which he studied history at Columbia University, where he received his Ph.D. in 1959. After earning his doctorate, he taught briefly at Rutgers University before joining Columbia University in 1960. He became a professor of history there in 1965 and retired in 1989. McKitrick's first book, Andrew Johnson and Reconstruction (1960), was also his most highly praised work and received the John H. Dunning Prize from the American Historical Association. His other writings include Slavery Defended: The Views of the Old South and two books on which he collaborated with Stanley Elkins: The Age of Federalism (1993) and the edited work The Hofstadder Aegis: A Memorial (1974).
OBITUARIES AND OTHER SOURCES:
Who's Who in America, 55th edition, Marquis (New Providence, NJ), 2001.
New York Times, May 6, 2002, p. A23.
Washington Post, May 7, 2002, p. B6.