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* Dr. William Harvey Wroten, Jr.

In Memoriam
March 18, 2006

President of Salisbury University, Janet Dudley-Eshbach's remarks on the passing of Dr. Wroten:

To the SU Community:
Dr. William Wroten, Professor Emeritus, died on Saturday, March 18, 2006. The SU flag has been lowered today in his memory.

A graduate of the Maryland college system (and a student here in 1938), Dr. Wroten came highly recommended to President Wilbur Devilbiss, who brought Dr. Wroten to Salisbury University (then Maryland State Teachers College at Salisbury) in 1955. A professor of history, he served as chair of the department for 25 years before his retirement, hiring many professors, including Drs. Robert Barry, Harry Basehart, Clara Small, and Ray Thompson.

Dr. William Wroten

While at the college, Dr. Wroten founded Phi Alpha Theta national history honor society and was an early supporter of the history resource center that eventually became the Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture, donating his personal collection of local maps and papers to the center. All royalties from his popular book, Assateague, continue to be directed to the Nabb Research Center.

Dr. Wroten was especially close to the Class of 1959 for which he served as its advisor from freshman through senior years. In appreciation, the Class of 1959 has established a scholarship in Dr. Wroten's name.

The first recipient of this scholarship is to be announced this May. Arrangements had been made to bring Dr. Wroten to Salisbury University to witness the awarding of this scholarship.

Last year, Dr. Wroten established a Piano Concert Series in memory of his late wife, Pat, who was a piano teacher and well-known community member.

Dr. Wroten is one of a number of outstanding early faculty of this institution who laid the foundation for Salisbury University's educational excellence and student success. He will be remembered by many faculty and staff and by a quarter century of students who benefited from his teaching and support.

Janet Dudley-Eshbach

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