Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Obituaries: John D. Root

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Obituaries: John D. Root

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John D. Root died at Northwestern University Hospital in Chicago on September 24,2004, after surgery. He was born on December 20,1940, in Michigan City, Indiana. He received his B.A. degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1962, and an MA. in history from Indiana University in Bloomington in 1964. He began his Ph.D. work at Indiana University, but this was interrupted by military service from 1966 to 1968. He attained the rank of Captain and received two bronze stars. He completed his doctorate at Indiana in 1974 with a dissertation entitled, "Catholics and Science in Mid-Victorian England." He began teaching in the Department of Humanities at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago in 1969 as an instructor and became an assistant professor in 1974. In 1980 he was tenured as an associate professor. In January of 1983 he became chairman of the Department of Humanities, a position he held until shortly before his retirement due to health reasons.

At Notre Dame John received the O'Brien Prize for the best senior essay in history. He held a University Fellowship at Indiana University in 1965-1966. He was the recipient of research grants from the American Philosophical Society and the National Endowment for the Humanities. …

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