A Historic LifeHistorians in the News
tags: obituaries, Southern history, Alabama, womens history, Women historians
Sarah Van Voorhis Woolfolk Wiggins bore the nickname “Belle,” as in Southern, somewhat ironically.
As the University of Alabama history department’s first woman faculty member, editor of The Alabama Review for 20 years, author and editor of books, monographs and articles, and widow raising a daughter alone, Wiggins may have spoken with a lilt, but her words wielded steel.
The historian, writer, editor, and mom who considered her profession storytelling died Sunday, April 12, at her Tuscaloosa home. Wiggins, born June 29, 1934, in Montgomery, was 85.
Friends and colleagues echoed certain refrains time and again, among them: “She did not suffer fools gladly.”
“If she thought someone was a pretender, a blowhard, she had no problem calling them out,” said Ruth Truss, a professor of history at the University of Montevallo.
comments powered by Disqus
- John Hume, Nobel Laureate for Work in Northern Ireland, Dies at 83
- Statue of White Woman Holding Hatchet and Scalps Sparks Backlash in New England
- 'We Always Knew What It Stood For': Small Texas Town Torn Over Its Confederate Statue
- UNC Tenured Faculty Tell Students to Stay Home Amid COVID Concerns: 'It Is Not Safe for You to Come to Campus'
- Counting Down with #19Suffrage Stories: 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment
- Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Women Survivors of the Atomic Bombs
- How White Supremacy Infected Christianity and the Republican Party
- Reaganland Is the Riveting Conclusion to a Story That Still Isn’t Over (Review)
- Returning From War, Returning to Racism
- Remembering Our Friend and Colleague, Professor David H. Bensman