Earlier this week, former KU professor Charles Stansifer died at age 85.
In his time at the university Stansifer began as an assistant history professor in 1963. By 1975 he became the director of KU’s Center for Latin American Studies. In 1993 Stansifer chaired the department of history and eventually retired in 2004.
“Charley played a substantial role in building the Latin American collections in Watson Library,” said Kent Miller, co-dean of KU libraries.
Growing up, both of Stansifer’s parents convinced him that obtaining an education was the only way to make it out of poverty. Being that neither of them had even a high school diploma, Stansifer took their suggestion to heart.
After high school, he went on to college at Wichita State, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a master’s in history. Going another step further, Stansifer then gained a doctorate degree from Tulane University in Latin American history.
“I join the University of Kansas community in mourning the death of Charles Stansifer, renowned for his research in Latin American studies and work to expand KU’s reputation in the field,” said Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little.