Ohio History Journal

In Memoriam

In Memoriam



Ohio History suffered the loss of one of its most esteemed editorial advi-

sors last December with the death of Elliott M. Rudwick of Kent State Uni-

versity. Professor Rudwick was born in Philadelphia in 1927, and took his

A.B. at Temple University and his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania. A

sociologist by training, he was throughout his career interested in social his-

tory, and his most important contributions were in the history of the black

experience, although much of his work was admired by specialists in urban

history, and his interests intersected also with labor history.

Professor Rudwick's first book, his revised dissertation, was W.E.B. Du-

Bois: A Study in Minority Group Leadership, and it was followed by Race

Riots at East St. Louis, July 2, 1917. He then entered upon a long-range col-

laboration with Professor August Meier; among the titles they wrote together

were such widely acclaimed works as From Plantation to Ghetto, Core: A

Study in the Civil Rights Movement, Black Detroit and the Rise of the UAW,

and, most recently, Black History and the Historical Profession.

Rudwick taught at several institutions, including Florida State University,

Southern Illinois University, and Kent State University, where he taught six-

teen years until his death. At Kent State he held a joint apppointment in the

departments of history and sociology, and was highly regarded as a teacher

and warmly admired by his colleagues. Ohio History and the history profes-

sion in general will sorely miss him.