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Erving E. Beauregard, legendary professor of history, died May 5

DAYTON, OH (May 6, 2004) — Erving E. Beauregard, University of Dayton professor emeritus of history and a prolific scholar, died Wednesday evening, May 5. He was 83.

A memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 10, at the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception on the University of Dayton campus. Father James Heft, S.M., will preside. A luncheon reception will follow in the Kennedy Union Torch Lounge.

Dr. Beauregard earned an A.B. from the University of Chicago in 1942, an M.A. from the University of Massachusetts in 1945, and a Ph.D. from Union Institute in 1976.

Dr. Beauregard joined the University of Dayton history department in 1947 and became professor emeritus in 1991. He served as chair of the American Association of University Professors Council of Private Institutions in Ohio from 1969 to 1971 and was the president of the Ohio Conference of the American Association of University Professors from 1971 to 1972. In 1972, he served as president of the Ohio Academy of History.

A prolific author, Dr. Beauregard researched and wrote more than 150 articles and numerous books, including Old Franklin: The Eternal Touch, History of Academic Freedom in Ohio and Reverend John Walker: Renaissance Man. The biographer of John A. Bingham, principal author of the 14th Amendment, Dr. Beauregard was also the author of Bingham of the Hills. A world traveler, he was widely published in African studies.

Most recently, he authored chapters on the University of Dayton and Wilberforce University in Cradles of Conscience, the history of Ohio’s independent colleges and universities published in September by Kent State University Press.

A resident of Xenia, Ohio, Dr. Beauregard is survived by daughter Carolyne Beauregard-Shinkle of Sugarcreek Township, son-in-law Robert P. Shinkle, granddaughter Caroline Beauregard Shinkle and sister Rosaline Arventos of Palmer, Mass.