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Beloved Professor and Scholar Gill Dies

Beloved Professor and Scholar Gill DiesGerald Gill leaves behind a legacy of teaching and research that enriched the lives of students for more than 25 years.

Medford/Somerville, Mass. [07.30.07] Gerald Gill, an associate professor of history whose teaching and scholarship had a profound impact on students and colleagues over his more than a quarter of a century at Tufts, was found dead last Thursday. He was 59 years old.

"Few faculty members have had as large an influence on generations of students as Gerald," Tufts University administrators said in a letter to the community. "He always pushed Tufts to be a better place, a more inclusive place, one that is welcoming to all. For many of us it is difficult to imagine Tufts without him."

Members of the Tufts community reflect on the passing of Gerald Gill

Boston Globe obituary

Tufts Community Remembers Gerald Gill

At Tufts since 1980, Gill focused his research on race relations in Boston, African-American opposition to the wars of the twentieth century and the history of African-Americans at Tufts. He also served as a valued advisor to many students over the years and was the first professor to be named Professor of the Year by the Tufts Community Union Senate.

His research and teaching garnered him multiple honors from the academic community at Tufts and beyond, including twice being voted the Massachusetts Professor of the Year, in 1995 and 1999, and winning the first Lerman-Neubauer Prize for Outstanding Teaching and Advising in 1993. Gill's other awards include the Arts and Sciences Multicultural Service Award, the Allan Cormack Award for Outstanding Achievement in Collaborative Research, the Lillian and Joseph Leibner Award for Distinguished Teaching and Advising, and the Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Tufts Community from the Africana Center, subsequently named the Gerald R. Gill Distinguished Service Award.

A native of New Rochelle, N.Y., Gill received a bachelor's degree in history from Lafayette University in 1970 and his master's degree and Ph.D. in history from Howard University.


Tufts is pleased to announce the establishment of the Gerald R. Gill Fund, a fund intended to honor his memory and create a permanent legacy to his life, scholarship and his commitment and service to Tufts. To support this effort, please send checks made payable to Trustees of Tufts College to:

Brigette A. Bryant, Sr. Director of Development
Tufts University
School of Arts & Sciences
80 George Street, Room 320
Medford, MA 02155

In the memo field, please add "in memory of Gerald Gill."


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