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In Memorium

In Memorium



Eugene H. Roseboom, a distinguished scholar of American presidential

elections and Ohio history, died on September 19, 1984, near Columbus,

Ohio. He was age 92. A professor emeritus of history at The Ohio State Uni-

versity, where he taught for 42 years, Professor Roseboom introduced sever-

al generations of Ohio students to the excitement and intrigue of U.S. political

campaigns and elections.

Born in 1892 in Frankfort, Ohio, Roseboom, who was of Dutch ancestry,

attended The Ohio State University, receiving his M.A. in 1916. During

World War I he served as a private first class with the Army infantry in

France. He returned from Europe to pursue doctoral studies at Harvard Uni-

versity, where he earned his history Ph.D. in 1932.

As a scholar Professor Roseboom had many publications, including sever-

al books with an enduring influence. He collaborated with his long-time col-

league Francis P. Weisenburger to write an objective A History of Ohio, first

published in 1934. For more than a half century this volume has remained

the standard text for courses in Ohio history. In 1956, his history colleagues

recognized Professor Roseboom's eminence in Ohio history when they

elected him President of the Ohio Academy of History.

Publication of his one-volume History of Presidential Elections in 1957

brought Professor Roseboom further distinction. This book soon became

the definitive objective survey used in college courses. Each presidential

election year journalists and public figures consulted it to learn the details

of past candidates, campaigns and election results. One such reader was for-

mer President Harry Truman. In 1959 he wrote that the Roseboom volume

should be "required reading" for high school and college students, so that

"our youngsters would . . . find out just exactly what makes Government


It was my privilege to work with Professor Roseboom on the fourth edition

of his election history, published in 1979. In retirement I found him an

extraordinarily insightful observer of national politics and a patient teacher.

He had a quiet wit and a special concern for accuracy and balance. Like

thousands of his former students and colleagues at Ohio State University, I

honor his attainments and mourn his death.


Alfred E. Eckes, Commissioner

U.S. International Trade Commission

Washington, D.C.



Friends of the Society were saddened recently by the death of Erwin C.

Zepp who served on the staff from 1933 to 1964. Mr. Zepp was born in

Cleveland and attended The Ohio State University, graduating in 1928 with

a degree in landscape architecture. In national competition, he won the pres-

tigious Ryerson Prize which supported post-graduate study in Europe. After

his return, he taught at OSU for several years. In 1933 he joined the Ohio

Historical Society as Assistant Curator of State Memorials, beginning a long