In Memory of Bruce Stave

Dear Colleagues and Friends of the Department of History,

I am very sorry indeed to have sad news to relate. Bruce Stave, Emeritus Professor and a former Head of the History Department, died early on Saturday morning, December 2.

Bruce was a longtime member of our department and a staunch servant of the University, a significant figure in American urban history, a pioneer in oral history, and in his long retirement the leading historian of the University itself. He and Sondra Stave have been stalwart friends of the department, supporting graduate students through a generous scholarship fund, and attending numerous departmental and public events over the years. He was a warm personal friend to many, and I was myself moved by and appreciative of the welcome, encouragement, and moral support he offered me, first as a newcomer to UConn and latterly as one of his successors as department head. I know I will not be alone in missing him.

A celebration of Bruce’s life will take place on Friday, April 20, 2018 at the Alumni Center from 4-6pm. For those who wish to send their thoughts to Sondra Stave and their son Channing, the address is 150 Grant Hill Road, Coventry, CT 06238.

A more extensive appreciation of his many contributions to the university, the profession, the community of Coventry and the state of Connecticut can be found in his obituary here

Christopher Clark

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