July 30, 2007

Gerald Gill ’70, Prominent Member of Tufts Community, Has Died

Gerald Gill ’70, associate professor of history at Tufts University, has died. He was found in his apartment in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday, July 26. The cause of death is not yet known.

Gill was remembered in a letter to the community issued by Tufts University administrators: “Tufts loved Gerald and Gerald loved Tufts. Few faculty members have had as large an influence on generations of students as Gerald. He was a master teacher and a gifted scholar.”

Gill, who was featured in The McDonogh Report, was twice voted Massachusetts Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and received numerous awards from Tufts for his outstanding teaching and advising. He is the author of Meanness Mania: The Changed Mood and The Case for Affirmative Action for Blacks in Higher Education and was series adviser for “Africans in America,” produced by WGBH, Boston, for several Blackside Inc. productions. After graduating from Lafayette as a history major, Gill earned his doctorate in history from Howard University. He taught at Tufts for 25 years.

Neither funeral nor memorial service arrangements have yet been made. For more details, visit Tufts’ web site.

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