The Society for French Historical Studies honors the memory of dear colleagues who made important contributions to the life of the Society and to the discipline of French history broadly.  

If you would like to an essay in remembrance of one of our colleges who
has recently passed away, please contact Tip Ragan, Executive Director


Roger L. Williams (1923-2017) 

Roger L. Williams, a leading authority on Napoleon III and the Second Empire, and a founding member of the Society for French Historical Studies, died on 4 July 2017 at age 94 after a brief illness. A graduate of Greeley High School (Colorado), he began college at Colorado College, interrupting his studies to volunteer in the U.S. Army. He served in the European theater as a supply sergeant during World War II and the subsequent occupation (1943-46).


Raymond Birn (1935-2017)

On June 12, we lost a dear former colleague, Raymond Birn, who taught University of Oregon from 1962 until his retirement in 2000. Ray was a remarkable scholar and teacher of revolutionary France, an engaged and active citizen, a generous and supportive friend, a loving and wise father and grandfather, and a devoted partner and husband. All who knew him will feel the absence of his wit and wisdom, his kindness and humanity, and the twinkle so often in his eyes.

Rachel Fuchs (1939-2016)

Rachel Ginnis Fuchs served as editor of French Historical Studies and president of the Society for French Historical Studies.  Having taught for thirty-two years at Arizona State University, she is remembered for her passion for research, devotion to her students, and her overwhelming kindness.