Allen William Trelease: Former UNCG professor, historian dies at 83


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Source: News Record, 7-18-11

A former UNCG professor who wrote the history of the university’s first century died Friday at the age of 83, Chancellor Linda Brady announced today.

Allen William Trelease, UNCG professor emeritus of history and former department head, died at Friends Homes in Greensboro.

“Dr. Trelease will be greatly missed by his family, friends and colleagues, and his death will be felt across the campus,” Brady said. “Our sympathy and prayers go out to his family.”

He was a well-known historian who specialized in and wrote several books about Southern history, especially of the Civil War and Reconstruction.

He came to UNCG in 1967 from Wells College and served for 27 years until his retirement in 1994. He was head of the Department of History from 1986 to 1994 and president of the North Carolina Historical Society. He also created the Allen W. Trelease Graduate Fellowship in the Department of History.

He researched the beginnings of UNCG for nearly a decade and wrote “Making North Carolina Literate: The University of North Carolina at Greensboro from Normal School to Metropolitan University,” which was published in 2004.

Arrangements are being handled by Forbis & Dick Funeral Service and a memorial service is being planned for a later date.

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