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Neill W. Macaulay Jr.

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Micanopy - Dr. Neill W. Macaulay, Jr., author and of Professor Emeritus of Latin American History, died at his Micanopy home, October 28, 2007. Born April 10, 1935, he grew up in Columbia, SC, was an Honor Graduate of The Citadel, Class of 1956, and then served two years on active duty with the U.S. Army in Korea. In 1958, he traveled to Cuba and joined the 26 de Julio Revolutionary Movement of Fidel Castro. Disillusioned by the communist turn of the revolution, he and his wife and infant son returned to the U.S. in 1960. He completed his M.A. at the University of South Carolina in 1962, followed by a Ph.D from the University of Texas in 1964. That year he moved to Gainesville and began teaching Latin American History at the University of Florida, retiring in 1986. He continued to research, write, lecture and travel, as well as enjoying his horses and sailboat. He authored The Sandino Affair (1967), A Rebel in Cuba (1970), The Prestes Column (1974) and mom Pedro (1986). He co-authored with David Bushnell The Emergence of Latin America in the Nineteenth Century(1988).

He is survived by his wife Nancy, his sons Charlie (Seattle, WA), Bob (Miami, FL), and Jim (Shreveport, LA) and 6 grandchildren, Leigh, Shelagh, Keith, Valerie, Mary and Alan. He is also survived by his sister Eliza Carney (Fort Collins, CO) and brother Alexander (West Union, SC).

A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m. November 1 at Church of the Mediator in Micanopy. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the Micanopy Historical Society, P.O. Box 462, Micanopy, FL 32667.
Published in Gainesville Sun from Oct. 31 to Nov. 1, 2007
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