Oct. 2, 2007
By Anita Martin | Photo by Rick Fatica
The Department of History and Ohio University have established a memorial fund in honor of Phillip Norton Bebb, a history professor who was killed on Sept. 24.
The department and university also will arrange a public memorial service. Both the date of the memorial service and the dedication of the memorial fund will be decided with the help of Susan West, Bebb's wife, at a later date.
"Certainly (the fund) will be used for purposes that would have been dear to Phil and in keeping with his dedication to undergraduate education," said Norm Goda, chair of the Department of History. In the meantime, memorial gifts can be made through The Ohio University Foundation to the Phillip Bebb Memorial Fund.
Bebb, 66, taught history at Ohio University since 1969. A specialist in the Italian Renaissance, he introduced thousands of students to European history through introductory courses, classes on the Renaissance and Reformation and -- his favorite class, according to Goda -- "The Age of Michelangelo." Bebb directed the department's history tutorial program for almost 30 years.
"We will all miss Phil terribly. He touched many, many lives and he left us all a little better than we were before," Goda said. "We will miss Phil's warmth, his kindness and his humanity."
The Department of History invites anyone wishing to write a remembrance of Bebb to send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. For details related to the memorial service and the Phillip Bebb Memorial Fund, please visit www.ohio.edu/history/. To make a donation to the Phillip Bebb Memorial Fund, please visit the Ohio University Foundation Web site at www.ohio.edu/foundation/gift.cfm.