In Memoriam: Mark Gilderhus


SHAFR Past President (1996) Mark T. Gilderhus died at his home in Fort Collins on Thursday, January 22, of cancer. Gilderhus, a professor of U.S. diplomatic history, taught at Colorado State University for 29 years, serving as the Chair of the History Department from 1980 to 1993. In 1997, he accepted the Lyndon Baines Johnson Chair in History at Texas Christian University where he served in this capacity until his retirement in 2010. He was the author of numerous articles and books, and described himself as a "scholar of war, politics, and diplomacy."  (Full announcement on the Colorado State University Source website).

A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 21 at the Columbine Room in the Lincoln Center, Fort Collins at 3:30 pm.

Memorial donations may be made to Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) with a note in memory or honor of Mark Gilderhus, and sent to

Professor Peter Hahn, Executive Director of SHAFR
Department of History
Ohio State University
106 Dulles Hall, 230 West 17th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210

The full obituary may be read at the Bohlender funeral chapel website, where condolences may also be left.