In memoriam: Richard Current
Richard Current, who was born in Colorado City and went on to become a university professor and acknowledged authority on Abraham Lincoln, died Oct. 26 in Boston, Mass. He had turned 100 years old Oct. 5.
Mr. Current was the second of seven children born to Park and Anna Current of Colorado City. His older brother, noted photographer Ira Current, died in 2009.
Surviving siblings are Maloa Read and Irma Hilfers.
Mrs. Read, who still lives on the Westside, said of Richard Current, “He was wonderful. He was kind, brilliant and helpful.”
He also leaves his wife of 28 years, Marcia Ewing Current; two children from his first marriage, three grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.
After graduating from Colorado Springs High School, Richard Current was a 1934 graduate of Oberlin College in Ohio. He received a master's degree in 1935 from the Tufts University school of diplomacy and a doctorate in history from the University of Wisconsin in 1940.
Most of his teaching career was at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
He published the first of more than 30 books in 1942. In addition to books on Lincoln, he wrote several textbooks on American history, as well as biographies of 19th-century congressional leaders Thaddeus Stevens, Daniel Webster and John C. Calhoun.
His first wife, Rose Bonar Current, died in 1983 after 45 years of marriage.
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