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Former professor and administrator Harold Aurand passes away

Dr. Harold W. Aurand
Dr. Harold W. Aurand

Dr. Harold W. Aurand, professor emeritus of history and former campus administrator, passed away November 22 at the age of 72. Dr. Aurand served the campus for thirty-five years, teaching courses in American history, labor studies, and American studies while earning honors for his classroom contributions from students and professional organizations.

Recognized as one of the foremost scholars on anthracite history, he authored four books about and numerous articles which appeared in print and in presentations. He also lectured on the “American Molly Maguires” before audiences in Ireland. 

Dr. Aurand was a founding member and director of the Pennsylvania Labor Society, and was highly involved in Pennsylvania Historical Association and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. He was also active in many local clubs and organizations.

Former Campus Executive Officer Dr. James Staudenmeier said, “No matter what Harold was involved in – teaching, research or community service – he made tremendous contributions. His classes were in demand, his research and knowledge were nationally known, and he was a hands-on member of many community organizations. Plus, he was extremely dedicated to his family.” 

He earned an A.B. degree in history from Franklin and Marshall College and master’s and doctoral degrees in history from Penn State.

Surviving are his wife, Frances; a son, Harold Aurand, Jr. ’86, and his wife, Helen; a daughter, Michele Aurand ’92; and a grandson, Harold Aurand III.


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