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Henry R. Winkler, died on 12/26/2012.

Born on October 27, 1916, in Waterbury, Connecticut, Winkler received B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Cincinnati where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Chicago (with an interruption to serve in World War II as a Japanese Language Officer in the U.S. Navy). He taught briefly at Cincinnati and at Roosevelt College before joining the faculty at Rutgers University in New Brunswick in 1947 where he taught history. He later served as dean of the faculty of liberal arts, vice president for academic affairs, and finally as executive vice president. In 1976 he served as Rutgers' acting president and retired in 1977 to return to the University of Cincinnati. He was also a visiting professor at Harvard, Columbia, and Bryn Mawr Universities, and at the London School of Economics. As president of the University of Cincinnati from 1977 until 1984, he oversaw the smooth transition of the university from its municipal status to that of the second major comprehensive state university in the Ohio system of higher education.

A well-respected historian of 20th-century Britain, Winkler was the author or editor of seven books, dozens of articles in scholarly journals and chapters of books, and more than 200 reviews. In the 1960s he was the editor of The American Historical Review, one of the world's leading historical journals.

Winkler was the recipient of 10 honorary degrees, and also received the Rutgers University Medal, the William Howard Taft Medal of the U.C. Alumni Association, the Distinguished Alumnus Award of the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, the University of Cincinnati Award for Excellence, the Xavier University Leadership Medallion, and the Lifetime Award for Scholarship and Service to the Profession of the North American Conference on British Studies.

Winkler's first wife, Claire Sapadin, died in 1972. He leaves his beloved wife Bea (Beatrice Chaikind Ross) and his two children, Dr. Allan M. Winkler (Sara Penhale) and Karen J. Winkler (David Moulton), three step-sons, Richard B. Ross (Barbara), Robert Ross (Louise), Kenneth Ross (Donna Cohen), and six grandchildren, Chris Ross (Jenifer), Jennifer Winkler (Eyal Oren), David Winkler, Daniel Ross (Daniella), Michael Moulton, Dakota Ross, and six great-grandchildren.

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