Richard Trexler: Noted historian, dies at age 74





Richard Trexler, 74, distinguished professor emeritus of history, died March 8 in Princeton, N.J., after suffering complications related to a kidney transplant.

Trexler, a Florentine Renaissance specialist who did his undergraduate work at Baylor University, received his doctorate in 1964 from the University of Frankfurt am Main in Germany.

He joined Binghamton’s faculty in 1978 after teaching in Texas and Illinois.

Trexler, who was named distinguished research professor of history in 1996, retired in 2003 and continued to teach part time until last year.

Karen-edis Barzman, associate professor of art history and director of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, wrote an appreciation of Trexler that she shared with colleagues this week. “Trexler casts a monumental shadow over a vast academic terrain and will be missed,” she wrote.

Trexler had 20 single-authored and edited books to his credit, along with more than 60 articles appearing in anthologies and scholarly journals.

“Among the first in the 1960s in the discipline of history to draw on anthropology, he spent much of his career demonstrating how various forms of ritual in the Renaissance (from city-wide spectacles to neighborhood parades and parish festivals) structured public and private life, explaining how the repeated performance of formalized acts governed thought, shaped behavior and constituted community in the Renaissance city,” Barzman wrote.


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