Noel Stowe leaves his mark on Arizona history

image of Professor Noel Stowe[Source: Arizona State University] — Noel Stowe, an ASU professor who founded the university’s Public History Program and is recognized for his work in helping Arizona preserve its heritage, died Dec. 13 at the age of 66.  A memorial ceremony to celebrate his life will be held in late January.

Stowe joined ASU in 1967 as an assistant professor of history in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  He served as chair of the department from 1998 to 2007.  In 1978, Stowe became the department’s director of graduate study.  In his eight years in that position he expanded the master’s and doctoral degree programs and founded the Public History Program, which under his direction achieved national and international recognition.  In 1987, Stowe became assistant dean of the Graduate College and in 1991 became associate dean.  He also served one year as interim dean of the Graduate College.  In his role as director of graduate study, Stowe directed more than 50 graduate theses and dissertations.  His students have gone on to direct public history programs at other universities, and to work in museums, historical societies, and archives across the country, as well as in nearly every historical organization in Arizona.

“I am just one of many who have known the profound privilege of being a student of Dr. Stowe’s,” says Catherine May, who earned her master’s degree and undergraduate degrees in history from ASU.  “Dr. Stowe was a teacher in every sense of the word. He was a leader in the field of public history; knowledgeable, brilliant, creative, compassionate, generous… he brought integrity and respect to the classroom.”  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

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