Paul Vanderwood, the distinguished and influential historian of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Mexico, died in San Diego on October 10, 2011, at the age of 82. Vanderwood did not put much stock in the trappings of academic recognition but took a quiet pride in his own reputation as a historian. In the last few weeks of his life Vanderwood was unmistakably pleased to be informed that he had won the 2012 Distinguished Service Award from the Conference on Latin American History.

Paul Vanderwood was born in Brooklyn on June 3, 1929, and spent most of his childhood and youth in northern New Jersey. He became interested in journalism in high school and in 1946 began undergraduate studies at Bethany College. Vanderwood graduated in 1950 and served in the US Army as a lieutenant for three years, assigned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where he was tapped as an instructor at the...

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