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In memoriam: Notre Dame historian J. Robert Wegs

Author: Michael O. Garvey

James Robert “Bob” Wegs

James Robert “Bob” Wegs, professor emeritus of history at the University of Notre Dame, died Wednesday (July 14). He was 73.

A native of Quincy, Ill., Wegs was graduated from Western Illinois University in Macomb in 1963. As an undergraduate there, he studied for a year overseas at the University of Vienna. He earned a master’s degree in German history from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb in 1966 and a doctoral degree in Central European history from the University of Illinois in Urbana in 1969.

Specializing in modern European social and economic history, especially in Germany and Austria, he taught at New York University from 1969 to 1976 and for a year at Vanderbilt University for a year before joining the Notre Dame faculty in 1977. Read More