The life and contributions to the historical profession of John Salmond, Emeritus Professor of History at La Trobe, were celebrated at a memorial service held at La Trobe’s Bundoora campus on 5 July 2013.
A warm and lively person who engaged students with American history, John, who was born in Dunedin in 1937, completed both a BA and an MA in History at the University of Otago in 1959 and 1961 respectively.
John then headed to Duke University, completing his PhD in 1964 where he developed an interest in the Southern USA and in Civil Rights. In 1968 he was appointed as a Senior Lecturer to the the newly created La Trobe University where he went on to have a distinguished scholarly and administrative career. Such was his contribution to La Trobe that upon his retirement in 2002 the university awarded him the degree of Doctor of Letters (honoris causa).
The NZHA extends its condolences to John’s family, friends and colleagues.