History Faculty and Staff
Dr. Arnoldo De León, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus
Arnoldo De León served as a member of the Angelo State University Department of History from 1973-2015. After acquiring his undergraduate education at ASU, De León enrolled at Texas Christian University where he earned his advanced degrees: M.A. (1971) and Ph.D. (1974).
At ASU, he taught classes in American History, Latin American History, Mexican American History, and Texas History. A specialist in Chicano History, he published widely in the field, having authored or co-authored some twenty-one books, sixty-two essays (in addition to numerous other minor publications), and seventy-six book reviews. The University of Texas Press published his doctoral dissertation under the title They Called Them Greaser (1983). Today, it is regarded as classic in Tejano history.
De León attained many distinctions during the course of his career at ASU. He spent 1986 at the University of Houston as a Visiting Scholar; held the C.J. “Red” Davidson Professorship in History from 1987-2015; attained election as Fellow of the Texas State Historical Association in 1987 and of the West Texas Historical Association in 2008; received induction into the Texas Institute of Letters in 1996; won the Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Research Award for 2008-2009; and in 2013 was honored by the National Association of Chicana/Chicano Studies (NACCS) Texas foco with the “Premio Estrella de Aztlán Life Time Achievement Award” for his contributions to Tejano History.
De León and his wife Dolores live in San Angelo.
Dr. Charles A. Endress, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus
Prof. Endress studied modern European history and graduated from Vanderbilt University ( B.A., 1961) and Tulane University (M.A. 1965, Ph.D. 1968). While on active duty in the United States Army from 1965 to 1969 he taught at the United States Military Academy. He came to A.S.U in 1969. He served as head of the Department of History from 1973 to 1999 and from 2000 to 2004 and as interim dean of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts in 1999-2000, and 2004-2005. He taught Western Civilization and advanced and graduate courses in Greek and Roman History, Modern European History, Military History and Historiography. In 1990-1991, he was visiting professor of strategy at the USAF Air War College and briefly returned to active duty during Operation Desert Storm. He retired from A.S.U. in 2009. During his career Prof. Endress remained in the Army Reserve and served in a variety of assignments at the Military Academy, The Command and General Staff College, Headquarters Department of the Army and The United States Army Center of Military History. He retired in the rank of Colonel. He is married to Margaret “Peggy” Zavada Endress. They have three daughters.
Dr. E. James Hindman, Ph.D.
Retired professor of history and president emeritus
Dr. Dennis Pate, Ph.D.
Dennis Pate holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Los Angeles. A native of San Jose, California, he served four years in the Air Force. He has been a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Munich and a Research Fellow at the Institute for European History in Mainz, Germany. He taught European and American history at Angelo State for 36 years, specializing in medieval and early modern Europe. He is now retired, and he and his wife travel extensively.
Dr. John Wheeler, Ph.D.
Retired professor of history
John McDaniel Wheeler was a member of the ASU history faculty for thirty-five years, between 1971 and 2006. A native of Camden, Arkansas, he received a B.A. from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas in 1963, an M.A. from the University of Arkansas in 1966, and after two years’ service teaching history in Spartanburg, S.C. High School, he began doctoral studies at Tulane University which culminated in a Ph.D. in 1976. He majored in U.S. history (with specialization in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries) and his supporting field was English history.
At Angelo State, Dr. Wheeler taught U.S. survey courses, advanced undergraduate courses in the Civil War, the Gilded Age, and the Progressive era as well as graduate courses in the same periods. He directed several Master’s theses. On occasion he taught an undergraduate survey of English history.
Since retiring, Dr. Wheeler has maintained residences both in San Angelo and in his hometown of Camden, Arkansas, where he has been active in the preservation of historic neighborhoods. His favorite places are the historic neighborhood where he grew up and the West Texas Collection at ASU.