George Donald Lillibridge, PhD*

Department of History
1952 - 1981
Deceased: 2012 

Dr. Donald Lillibridge grew up in South Dakota where he and George McGovern, the later U.S. senator and presidential candidate, were high school debate team competitors. Later they would be outspoken opponents of the Vietnam War and Lillibridge twice campaigned unsuccessfully to be an anti-war Congressman. He organized the first campus teach-in against the war. 

He helped usher in new courses in Mexican-American, environmental, and immigration history and was the only statewide Trustee's Outstanding Professor in 1970. He taught American history and was a gifted writer and a fiercely protective department chair whose demeanor gave glimpses of his years of leadership as a World War II Marine lieutenant. His specialty was in the nature of American influence overseas. Among his writings was a two-volume book, The American Image: Past and Present.

Dr. Liilibridge gained friends with his wit, engaging nature, brilliant lecturing, and continual nurturing of young faculty.