Former history professor Rhys Isaac dead at 72





Rhys Isaac, former Distinguished Visiting Professor of Early American History at the College, has died of cancer. He was 72.

Isaac, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1983 for his book “The Transformation of Virginia, 1740 -1790,” enjoyed an exemplary career in teaching and research, most especially in his scholarship on Colonial North America. He remains the only Australian historian ever to win a Pulitzer.

Isaac served several stints at William & Mary. He came in August 1998 and spent a year as the James Pinckney Harrison Professor of History. He returned from August 2002 to December 2005, and again from August 2006 to December of that year as a Visiting Distinguished Professor of History and a research associate with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation....

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