John Cunningham, popular historian and alumnus of the College of Liberal Arts class of 1938, passed away on June 7, 2012.

In memory of his distinguished career– including authoring the definitive history of Drew University– the library is hosting a small exhibit of his works in the entrance to the main library.

On campus, Cunningham was known for his encyclopedic knowledge of Drew history, but to the greater New Jersey population, he was known as the prolific and readable chronicler of New Jersey history at large. The author of University in the Forest and This is New Jersey, Cunningham “had a passionate love affair with New Jersey–its history, its image, its people, its properties great and small, and its unique character. He would defend the state of New Jersey with all his might and against all detractors,” said a friend, Dick Floersheimer, at Cunningham’s memorial.

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