Phillip Shaw Paludan, one of the nation’s foremost authorities on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War and historian at UIS, died August 1 after struggling with a long illness. Dr. Paludan held UIS' first distinguished chair – the Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies – established in 2001.
Speaking on behalf of the entire campus community, Chancellor Richard Ringeisen expressed deep sadness over Dr. Paludan's death. "It was a great privilege to count Phil Paludan among our faculty and to know him for the exceptional human being that he was," Ringeisen said. "His presence raised the stature of this institution, and so we are honored to have had him as long as we did."
Margo Duley, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, noted that Paludan was "generous of his time and expertise with the undergraduate and graduate students who studied with him, and took his teaching responsibilities with great seriousness." Read more>>