Retired Faculty News

January 9, 2023

Dr. Rufus Spain celebrated his 100th birthday in January! Dr. Spain served full-time on the Baylor history faculty from 1957-1988, and then taught part-time for another ten years, and then served as director of the Retired Professors and Administrators Program from 1998-2013 – a total of 56 years of service to Baylor. Recently, he compiled, annotated, and published  a collection of letters that he wrote his parents while he was serving in Europe during World War II. Several of us attended his birthday party, and it was a joyful celebration!

Retirement has not slowed down Dr. David Mungello’s scholarly activities one bit. He recently published a book, This Suffering is My Joy: The Underground Church in Eighteenth-Century China (2021), and has another book, Interracial Lovers in Revolutionary China, set to be released this year. Both are published by Rowman & Littlefield.

In her last year as teacher and advisor of Model Organization of American States (MOAS), Dr. Joan Supplee was recently recognized in the Baylor Lariat. Click here to read the story!

Finally, some sad news to share: Dr. Patricia Ward Wallace passed away in late November 2022. Dr. Wallace shaped the Department of History in many ways over her thirty-six years at Baylor, not least of which was her status as the first tenured female faculty member. She was a prolific scholar and respected teacher, a trailblazer for women in the department, and we are grateful for her example.