Biographical Chronology

Frederick Rudolph is one of the country's leading authorities on the history and philosophy of higher education in America. He is a keen historian, devoted alumnus, and profoundly dedicated mentor. Indeed, Rudolph's tendency to form close relationships with his students was legendary even during his own time: One remarkably prophetic student wrote: "Dear Fred—I guess I have now secured my place in the future volume The Letters and Papers of Frederick Rudolph with this, my first letter, to you. Perhaps this knowledge of future notoriety puts a bit of pressure on me to muster up my wit and intellectual powers in order to make telling comments about the day so that future cultural historians can gain valuable insights into the 80's …"

1920 born Charles Frederick Rudolph, Baltimore, MD 19 June
1938 graduates Wyoming Seminary
1942 receives B.A., Williams College
1942-1946 serves in U.S. Army (Captain)
1946-1947 serves as Instructor in History, Williams College
1949-1950 serves as Assistant Instructor in History, Yale University
1949 receives M.A., Yale University
1949 marries Dorothy Dannenbaum 18 June
1951 daughter Marta born
1951-1953 serves as Instructor in History, Williams College
1953 receives Ph.D., Yale University
1953-1958 serves as Assistant Professor of History, Williams College
1954 daughter Lisa born
1956 publishes Mark Hopkins and the Log: Williams College, 1836-1872 (Yale)
1958-1959 Guggenheim Fellow
1958-1961 serves as Associate Professor of History, Williams College
1960-1961 serves as Visiting Lecturer in History and Education, Harvard University
1961-1964 serves as Professor of History, Williams College
1962 publishes The American College and University: A History (Knopf)
1962-1966 serves as Vice President, Berkshire County Historical Society
1963-1966 serves as member of Commission on Plans and Objectives, American Council on Education
1964-1982 serves as Mark Hopkins Professor of American History, Williams College
1965 edits Essays on Education in the Early Republic (Harvard)
1966-1968 serves as President, Berkshire County Historical Society
1968-1969 Guggenheim Fellow
1971-1980 serves as Chairman of American Civilization Program, Williams College
1974- serves as Trustee, Shaker Community, Inc.
1975-1977 serves as Director, Berkshire County Historical Society
1976-1979 serves as Trustee, Wyoming Seminary
1977 publishes Curriculum: A History of the American Undergraduate Course of Study Since 1636 (Jossey-Bass)
1980 receives Frederick W. Ness Award, Association of American Colleges
1980-1982 serves on National Institute of Education panel on postsecondary education
1980-1984 edits Change: The Journal of Higher Education
1982 retires from Williams College
1982 receives Rogerson Cup, Williams College
1982-1985 serves on Committee on Baccalaureate Degrees, Association of American Colleges
1983 serves as Visiting Associate, Center for Studies in Higher Education, U.C. Berkeley
1983 serves as Visiting Professor, School of Education, U.C. Berkeley
1983 edits Perspectives: A Williams Anthology
1984 edits (associate) Higher Education: A Bibliographic Handbook, Vol. 1
1985 drafts "Integrity in the College Curriculum" (AAC's curriculum report)
1985 receives Litt.D. (honorary) Williams College
1985 serves as Trustee, Bennington Museum

Sources for Biographical Chronology

Vita, June 1986
Statement by Frederick Rudolph, 9 April 1981
Williams Record

Frederick Rudolph Papers, 1938-2000

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