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April 2008

Release Date: April 9, 2008

History Prof Eoff Elected WTHA President

Dr. Shirley M. Eoff of the Angelo State University history faculty has been elected to a one-year term as president of the West Texas Historical Association (WTHA) by a vote of membership during the group’s annual meeting April 5 in Canyon.

As president, she will oversee the organization devoted to preserving and chronicling the history of the region. Duties during her one-year term will include overseeing WTHA financial affairs, coordinating the 2009 annual meeting and insuring the preservation of West Texas history.

Professor Eoff was one of several ASU representatives at the meeting. John Klingemann of the history faculty read a paper on the “Villistas and the Division del Norte.” History graduate student Shannon Sturm presented a paper on “When Patriotism Turns Ugly; Anti-German Sentiment in Runnels County, Texas, 1917-20” and undergraduate history major Amy Fields read a paper on “V�lkerwanderung: Two Roads to German Assimilation.” West Texas Collection Head Suzanne Campbell was a finalist for best article in the 2007 WTHA Yearbook for “The Soiled Doves of San Angelo.”

Eoff joined the ASU faculty in 1981. Her areas of specialization include modern history, U. S. social/cultural history and historiography. She has written on numerous topics on West Texas history, including the San Angelo polio epidemic, the San Angelo Army Air Field bombardier school, and San Angelo’s early judicial system and court rulings. She is the author of Viscountess Rhondda: Equalitarian Feminist and several book reviews and journal articles. She has also served as a peer reviewer for academic journals and textbook reader for university and commercial publishers.

Eoff earned her bachelor’s degree from Howard Payne University, her master’s degree from Hardin-Simmons University and her Ph.D. from Texas Tech University.

WTHA was organized in 1924 in Abilene and every year since has published the WTHA Yearbook and conducted an annual meeting in communities throughout West Texas. WTHA was headquartered at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene until 1996 when the association moved its editorial offices to Texas Tech University. The administrative offices followed in 1998.