Prof. Em. William A. Chaney
Professor Emeritus of History William Chaney passed away at his home on March 15, 2013 at the age of 90. Professor Chaney was a longtime and beloved professor at Lawrence University in Appleton, and was recognized as a scholar on the Middle Ages and a member of the Royal Society of Arts. Over the years, he mentored thousands of students, many of whom followed in his footsteps to become historians. Many will remember him as a frequent instructor at Lawrence's London Center and on tours of England with students. Lawrence's Main Hall is home to a mighty oak, which grew from an acorn planted in 1995 by a former student. The tree is still known as The Chaney Oak. Professor Chaney earned his bachelor's and doctorate degrees at the University of California-Berkeley and was a Fellow of the Society of Fellows at Harvard University
. He was the author of the book "The Cult of Kingship in Anglo-Saxon England" and contributed dozens of articles and reviews to professional journals.
Survivors include two nephews: Victor Chaney of California and Bradford Chaney of Maryland; and a niece: Hollis Chaney of Maryland.
A memorial service for Dr. Chaney will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, March 22, 2013 at All Saints Episcopal Church in Appleton, Wisconsin.
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