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Oct. 1, 2008
Contact: Jill Jess, University Relations, (785) 864-8858.

Chancellor offers condolences on death of longtime faculty member Lloyd Sponholtz

LAWRENCE — University of Kansas Chancellor Robert Hemenway joined others in the KU community in issuing the following statements regarding the death Sept. 30 of longtime KU history faculty member Lloyd Sponholtz.

Sponholtz began his KU career in 1967. He was an associate professor of history and authored several studies on voting and temperance. He was active in university governance, including University Council and the Senate Executive Committee. Sponholtz also was an early director of the Mount Oread Scholars Program, which honors and mentors academically talented first-year students. He was a 2002 recipient of a W.T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence and in 2000 was presented with the J. Michael Young Academic Advisor Award.

Services are pending. Sponholtz is survived by his wife, Charlotte, and his children, Todd, Scott, Sherry and Pam.

Hemenway: “Lloyd’s commitment to KU was unequivocal, and it began with his students. His dedication to uncompromising excellence energized his classes to meet the challenges he presented. On behalf of the entire university community, I offer deeply felt condolences to his family, friends, students and colleagues.”

Paul Kelton, chair of the Department of History: “As a colleague, Lloyd was one of the most delightful persons I have known. He was always upbeat, smiling and encouraging. His passing deeply saddens me as I know it does for my colleagues and all people at KU who have had the pleasure to work with him.”

Rita Napier, associate professor of history, who has been Sponholtz’s colleague since she joined the university in 1973: “Professor Sponholtz taught his students with skill, enthusiasm and affection in his 41 years in the history department. Lloyd sought to make the department a community of civility and mutual support. His enthusiasm, friendly demeanor and cordial good spirit will be missed.”


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