UpDate - Vol. 15, No. 31, Page 1
May 9, 1996
Raymond Wolters named Keith Professor of History

     Raymond R. Wolters, a noted scholar on the history of American
race relations and a member of the history faculty since 1965, has
been named the Thomas Muncy Keith Professor of History, Provost Mel
Schiavelli announced today.
     Named professorships, awarded only to select faculty members,
reflect both distinguished service on the campus and a professor's
contributions to his or her academic discipline, nationally and
     "Dr. Wolters is being recognized for his commitment to teaching
excellence, his outstanding service contributions and his exemplary
scholarly contributions," Schiavelli said.
     The professorship honors Thomas Muncy Keith, Delaware '22, of
Wilmington, who earned his law degree at Harvard University and
practiced law in Delaware for nearly 70 years. An active alumnus and
benefactor, Keith is an honorary life member of the Alumni Association
Board of Directors and, in 1977, received an Outstanding Alumnus
     A specialist in 20th-century American history, Wolters received
the American Bar Association's 1985 Silver Gavel Award for the best
book of the year on a legal topic for The Burden of Brown: 30 Years of
School Desegregation, which explained how school desegregation has
worked out in the five school districts involved in the Supreme
Court's landmark decision, Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education.
     His forthcoming book, Right Turn: William Bradford Reynolds, the
Reagan Administration and Black Civil Rights, is a biographical study
of the Delaware-born lawyer who became the chief architect of Reagan's
civil rights policies.
     Wolters' other books are The New Negro on Campus, a study of the
"Negro Ivy League" in the 1920s; and Negroes and the Great Depression,
which describes how blacks were affected by, and responded to, some of
the major programs of Roosevelt's New Deal.
     On the campus, Wolters regularly teaches courses at every level
from the introductory survey to the direction of doctoral
dissertations, and, with the help of teaching assistants, teaches an
average of 300-400 students each year.
     Last year, in cooperation with Howard Johnson, Black American
Studies Program, he initiated a course on the American civil rights
     He also has served as faculty adviser to the College Republicans
and the Young Americans for Freedom.
     Wolters has received fellowships from the Earhart Foundation, the
UD Center for Advanced Study, the American Council of Learned
Societies (ACLS) and the National Endowment for the Humanities, as
well as grants-in-aid from the Crystal Trust, the Delaware Humanities
Forum, the American Philosophical Society and ACLS.
     A graduate of Stanford University, he received his master's and
doctoral degrees from the University of California at Berkeley.
                                                          -Beth Thomas