Richard Waldron, founding member, NJSAA

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The below is reposted/adapted from the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance announcement list, by permission.

The New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance is deeply saddened to announce the passing of Richard Waldron. Dick was a founding member of NJSAA in 1992 and served for many years as NJSAA Treasurer and Chair of the Paul Stellhorn Undergraduate Paper in New Jersey History Award Committee. For his decades of service to both the New Jersey Studies community and NJSAA, Dick received the 2021 Maxine Lurie Distinguished Service Award

Waldron's distinuguished career in service to the study of NJ history is documented in the text of the award nomination linked to above: 

The New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance is very pleased to present the Maxine Lurie Distinguished Service Award to Richard Waldron, who has had a long career of service to both the New Jersey Studies community and NJSAA. After working for the New Jersey State Museum, Dick joined the New Jersey Historical Commission (NJHC) and served in a variety of capacities, including Executive Director (1991–1999). Among his accomplishments at NJHC was compiling a new edition of Historical Organizations in New Jersey: A Directory (1977) and helping, along with Maxine Lurie and Karl Niederer, to launch the CAPES archival consulting service in 1988. In 1999, he became Executive Director of the American Swedish Historical Museum in Philadelphia that documents the history of Sweden and Swedish America, especially the colony of New Sweden (1638-55), part of which was in what is now New Jersey. He is the coeditor of New Sweden in America, the proceedings of a 1988 conference to commemorate New Sweden’s 350th anniversary.

Waldron was an NJSAA founding member in 1992 and for many years has been Treasurer and Chair of the Paul Stellhorn Award Committee that evaluates and gives awards to undergraduate students for research papers they have written on aspects of New Jersey history. He advertises the award, collects the papers, arranges for reviewers, and then helps arrange for the winners to receive the prizes and encourages them to submit their work for an NJSAA public lecture and for publication in the online journal, New Jersey Studies.

In other work relevant to this award, Waldron has been an adjunct history professor at Kean University, Rutgers University (New Brunswick), and Seton Hall University. He has spent much of his career helping to organize public education programs, including the NJHC’s annual history conference, the annual New Jersey History Issues Convention (with many sponsors), and the annual New Sweden History Conference of the American Swedish Historical Museum and the Swedish Colonial Society. His other publications include (with Mary R. Murrin), New Jersey History: An Annotated and Selected Introductory Bibliography, last revised in 2015; “New Sweden: An Interpretation,” in Revisiting New Netherland: Perspectives on Early Dutch America (2005); and Maritime New Jersey: An Economic History of the Coast (1983).


Services will be held on Tuesday, May 10.

Saul Colonial Home
3795 Nottingham Way
Hamilton Square, NJ 08690

Visitation 11:30-1:30

Funeral service 1:40-2:30

Burial at Greenwood Cemetery

Dick was preceded in death by his wife, Lorraine E. Williams Waldron, who passed away in October 2021. Both Dick and Lorraine are greatly missed by their friends in NJSAA. 

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