In Memoriam

Jerry H. Bentley

Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Jerry H. Bentley, was a generous humanist, pioneering world historian, and inspiring mentor to scholars locally and around the globe.

Born the oldest of three sons in 1949 in Birmingham, Alabama, Bentley was raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee. His education and career were entirely in public schools: he graduated from Brainerd High School in 1967, earned a B.A. in History in 1971 at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, finished his Masters (1974) and Ph.D. (1976) at the University of Minnesota, and came to the University of Hawaiʻi in 1976 where he remained until his retirement in 2012. Although his early research focused on Renaissance humanist scholarship of the Bible, in Hawaiʻi he emerged as one of the international leaders in world history scholarship and teaching, publishing a wide range of articles and books, including a popular textbook, Traditions and Encounters. A founding member of the World History Association and editor of the Journal of World History for 22 years, he developed standards and curriculum locally and nationally, established a flourishing Ph.D. program at UH, and fostered a world history program at Capital Normal University in Beijing.

In Hawaiʻi, Bentley is remembered by his colleagues as an inspiring teacher and wise mentor of undergraduates, graduate students, junior faculty, and teachers in the community.

Jerry H. Bentley passed away July 15, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Carol Mon Lee, stepson Michael Lee Shinn, parents William Carey and Billie Bentley, and brothers Murry Bentley (Linda Clark) and Larry Bentley (Caroline Bentley). In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Jerry H. Bentley Endowed Scholarship at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa through the UH Foundation.

To make a gift, please send checks made payable to “UH FOUNDATION” and reference “Jerry H. Bentley endowed fund” in the memo section. Mail your gift to:

UH Foundation
ATTN: Lori Admiral
PO Box 11270
Honolulu, HI 96828-0270

To give online, please go to www.uhfoundation.org/JerryBentleyFund.


Robert E. McGlone

Former Associate Professor of History at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Dr. Robert E. McGlone, passed away peacefully on July 23, 2015 in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. Bob was 83.

Dr. McGlone received his BA in History from UCLA in 1954 and his PhD from there in 1972. A History professor at UH for 45 years from 1968 until his retirement a few years ago, he was beloved by his students and colleagues. He always found time to help others and to be interested in their work. Bob taught American History courses, including his special course on the American Civil War. Professor McGlone published on a variety of scholarly topics, including family history, memory and John Brown. Bob earned in 2012 the Peter Seaborg Award for Civil War Scholarship for his book, John Brown’s War Against Slavery, published by Cambridge University Press.

Dr. McGlone founded and served as faculty advisor for the UH Mānoa Alpha Beta Epsilon chapter of Phi Alpha Theta (PAT), the National History Honor Society. He created the chapter in 1984 and led it in winning two Best Chapter Awards. Bob also tirelessly organized the Annual Hawaiʻi Regional Meetings of PAT for thirty years, giving local students the opportunity to present their research. He was also honored at the 2014 PAT Biennial for many years of remarkable dedication to the organization.

Robert Elno McGlone was born on March 1, 1932 in Chicago, Illinois, and is survived by his wife of 56 years, Marion McGlone, and his brother Richard McGlone of Northridge, California.

A memorial service and life celebration was held on Sunday, August 9, 2015, at the Krauss Hall duck pond and garden, on the campus of UH Mānoa. That was one of Bob’s favorite sites on campus, where he could often be seen relaxing and enjoying his lunch.

The family suggests memorial contributions be sent to:

Alpha Beta Epsilon
Dept. of History
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
2530 Dole Street, SAK A203
Honolulu, HI 96822

Dr. McGlone made us better students, teachers, and people—we will all carry him with us in our hearts. He was a good colleague and dear friend.