Historian Pete Forcey dies at age 83 from bee sting

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Charles Budd Forcey, 83, of Fort Myers, Fla., professor emeritus of American history at Binghamton University, died on Feb. 8, as a result of an allergic reaction to a bee sting while on vacation in Mexico.

Forcey joined the Binghamton faculty in 1967 and retired in 1991. Active in professional and political organizations, he authored The Crossroads of Liberalism: Croly, Weyl, Lippmann and the Progressive Era, 1900-1925 and A Strong and Free Nation. He was also a Fulbright lecturer at Xavier University in the Philippines.
Linda Biemer, former dean of the School of Education and Human Development, recalled Forcey as a good friend and colleague.

“Pete was always very concerned about good teaching, and he was a very supportive History Department colleague of Binghamton’s master of arts in teaching/social studies,” she said. “He welcomed graduate teacher candidates into his master’s-level history courses, and often told me they were his best students. He also was so supportive of adult, returning students, especially those in the master of arts in social science (MASS) program.”

Forcey earned his master’s degree from Columbia University and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. He taught at the University of Wisconsin, Miami University of Ohio and Columbia and Rutgers universities before coming to Binghamton. He also served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserve in the Pacific.

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