It is with profound sadness that I pass on the news that Dr. Carolyn Neel passed away on Friday, May 12, 2017, at the age of 75.
A long-time supporter of world history, Carolyn was a late-comer to the academic world, earning her undergraduate and graduate degrees in history following an illustrative career that included negotiating for the United States Army Corps of Engineers for many years. After the death of their only son Alan, Carolyn and her husband, Scott, focused on Carolyn's academic career. She worked diligently and earned her B.A. in History from the University of North Texas and her Ph.D. in Asian History from the University of Hawaii under the tutelage of the late Jerry Bentley. During her time in Hawaii, Carolyn also worked on the staff of the Journal of World History.
After leaving Hawaii, Carolyn served as Project Editor and Associate General Editor for the 21-volume World History Encyclopedia for ABC-CLIO. Upon her return to Texas, Carolyn continued to work with ABC-CLIO and began teaching online courses for Arkansas Tech University, Russellville, AR. In Fall 2011, Carolyn began the full-time teaching phase of her career, accepting a position as an Assistant Professor of History at Arkansas Tech University. She often joked that she was the oldest known untenured assistant professor in the field.
Carolyn’s research and teaching continued to focus on the field of World History. She served as Program Chair and Treasurer of the World History Association for many years. Prior to her work at ABC-CLIO, she wrote the web content and nine of the episodes of the Annenberg Bridging World History series. Carolyn participated in the annual AP World History scoring event, with her last trip to Salt Lake City being in June 2015.
Carolyn's greatest love was teaching, reading and writing. Although she retired from Arkansas Tech University in December 2015, she continued to be active in her reading and writing, and missed her wonderful students.
Dr. Neel's memorial service was held on May 15, 2017 in Russellville, attended by friends and family.