William "Bill" Kamman, 90, Professor Emeritus of history and former associate and interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, died Jan. 14. He worked at UNT from 1962 to 2009, serving in the dean’s office for nine years. He also served as chair of the history department from 1977 to 1989 and again before his retirement. His area of interest was U.S. diplomacy and foreign relations. He served in the U.S. Army during and after the Korean War and earned bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees at Indiana University in Bloomington and another master’s at Yale. He was a life-time member of the American Historical Association and the Association of American Historians and was the executive secretary for the Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations from 1985 to 1989.
He also served on many Denton boards and commissions, including the Denton Zoning and Planning Commission, and was active in the Kiwanis Club for 41 years. He and his wife, Nancy, helped with the development of the Emeritus College, which became the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. He was a member of UNT's Chilton Society for his gifts spanning 35 years — most often benefiting The Walter and Mary Prichard Scholarship and The Harry and Ruth Kamman Scholarship. Colleagues remember him as a very kind and positive role model.