Rondel V. Davidson (1940-89)

Sarah C. Neitzel, November 1989

Rondel V. Davidson, 49, specialist in European intellectual history, professor, and former chair of the History and Philosophy Department at Pan American University, Edinburg, TX died August 27, 1989 in McAllen, TX. Professor Davidson was probably best known for his 1988 book, Did We Think Victory Great? The Life and Ideas of Victor Considerant.

Born in Lubbock, Professor Davidson was educated at McMurry College (B.A. 1962) and Texas Tech University (M.A. 1967, Ph.D. 1970). He taught for two years at McMurry College and in 1972 joined the history faculty at Pan American University. He served as director of the honors studies program and in 1978 became chair of the history department. In 1984-85 Dr. Davidson was visiting professor of history at Texas A&M. A past president of the Texas Association for the Advancement of History, Dr. Davidson received the 1989 Distinguished Alumnae Award from the Texas Tech University Department of History for his efforts to raise standards of history instruction in colleges, universities, and high schools in the state.

Survivors include his wife, two daughters, son, mother, and sister.

Sarah C. Neitzel
Pan American University