Dr. Gene Ramsey
Faculty member, chairperson of the Department of History, Dean of the College of Social Sciences, Dr. Gene Ramsey did it all.
Following a stint with the U.S. Marine Corps in the Korean War, Ramsey attended Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, the University of Nancy (France), and the University of Mississippi. From 1965 to 1966 he taught in Heidelberg (Germany) for the University of Maryland. Ramsey earned his Ph.D. in history from Brigham Young University. His dissertation research on the scientific exploration and discovery in the Great Basin became a life-long interest.
Ramsey considered himself a Southerner by birth and a Westerner by training. While at Southeast he was the department specialist on both. He taught courses on the South, the Civil War, and the frontier. He developed a reputation for his careful preparation and quality of his presentations. Some students would also add quantity of assigned reading as well. One of the highlights of his career was the year he spent in England teaching in the Missouri London program (1988).
Ramsey was a frequent reviewer of books about the west in Journal of the West, Journal of American History, and the Western Historical Quarterly. He presented his research in conferences all over the country. Even in retirement he continued his work on the Joseph Burke expedition, often traveling to western archives for research.
After retirement, Gene and his wife, Luitgard, traveled widely in the west and Europe. Ramsey continued a life-long interest in the outdoors, particularly in the wood cutting, cabin building, and yearly deer hunts on property near Arab, Missouri. Dr. B. Gene Ramsey died in August 2005 leaving behind a grieving family, colleagues who will miss his humor and wisdom, and thousands of students who benefited from his teaching.