About Richard A. Harrison (1945-1997)

Richard A. Harrison was dean of the faculty and professor of history at Lawrence University. A native of Kingston, Pennsylvania, he earned his bachelor's degree in history from The George Washington University and the Ph.D. in history from Princeton University. Harrison joined the Lawrence administration and faculty July 1, 1992, after 15 years on the faculty at Pomona College in California. A specialist in American foreign policy and the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt, he was a gifted teacher and scholar, earning the coveted Wig Award for distinguished teaching three times while at Pomona. He also had taught at Princeton and Johns Hopkins Universities and the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, and had spent a year as executive director of the National Project on Contemporary History in Washington, D.C. In addition to two biographical dictionaries on Princetonians of the late 18th century, Harrison published scholarly articles in the William and Mary Quarterly, Diplomatic History, Peace and Change, the Canadian Journal of History, the International History Review, and the Pacific Historical Review. He was the recipient of an Eleanor Roosevelt Institute Fellowship, the Graves Award in the Humanities, an American Philosophical Society Research Grant, and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for College Teachers. As dean of the faculty at Lawrence University, Harrison provided energetic leadership, an unwavering commitment to excellence, and a deep devotion to helping the college achieve the best in liberal education.


This is a special opportunity to recognize the outstanding work done by our undergraduates in the humanities and social sciences and to congratulate them on their accomplishments. Sessions are arranged by topic or field. Each student will present a paper of approximately twenty minutes in length and is prepared to respond to questions or comments for approximately ten minutes.