UW News

June 22, 2012

Remembering the life of Thomas Pressly, 1919-2012

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The UW Department of History will hold a celebration of the life of Thomas James Pressly, professor emeritus, at 4 p.m. Monday, June 25, at the UW Club, and all are welcome. Pressly died April 3, 2012.

A specialist in the American Civil War, Pressly was tremendously popular among undergraduate and graduate students during his nearly 40 years at the UW, his colleagues say. Upon his retirement in 1987, he and his wife, Cameron, established two funds to recognize excellent history teachers in Washington’s secondary schools and to support faculty in the history department.

Remembrances may be directed to the funds he created — the Thomas and Cameron Pressly Endowed Prize Fund or the Thomas and Cameron Pressly Endowment for Faculty Development in History.

Read a tribute to Pressly’s life written by his colleague, Richard Kirkendall, professor emeritus of history.