Erving E. Beauregard (1920-2004)
Leroy V. Eid, February 2005
Erving E. Beauregard unexpectedly died on May 5, 2004. He had been associated with the University of Dayton since 1947. Though he started at what was then a small denominational college with a very heavy teaching load, he helped lead the university into a more scholarly direction through the example he set. Over his long career he published many books, a large number of articles, actively brought his scholarship into the classroom, and gave untiring service to the Ohio Academy of History and the state AAUP. In 1971 he was president of the Ohio Conference of the AAUP. He went on to win its Robert E. Kennedy Award for outstanding contributions to the cause of academic freedom, and for many years also served as its secretary-treasurer. In 1972 he was president of the Ohio Academy of History, and winner of its Distinguished Service Award. Throughout his long career he published over 150 articles on a wide range of topics. Over 30 of his Ohio-based articles were collected in Notables of Harrison County, Ohio. His other Ohio work included books on the Civil War era figures, the Reverend John Walker and John A. Bingham. Beauregard wrote about people who contributed significantly to America but who were pushed out of the limelight of history. His lifelong fight for academic freedom included the writing and publishing of two books: History of Academic Freedom in Ohio and History of the Ohio Conference AAUP. He was an acknowledged expert in the history of higher education in Ohio, a passion that began with his book on a now defunct college (Franklin College) that graduated only 766 individuals in its history. Reflective of this area of expertise, he contributed three articles to the recently published history of Ohio’s independent colleges and universities, Cradles of Conscience. In African history he wrote a number of scholarly articles and many book reviews. His courageous approach to scholarly activities was matched by his penchant for annual trips to out-of-way destinations such as Timbuktu and Tibet. He is survived by his daughter, Carolyn Beauregard-Shinkle and granddaughter, Caroline Beauregard Shinkle, and a sister Rosaline.
— Leroy V. Eid
University of Dayton
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