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John Bernard Duff (born July 1, 1931) is an American historian born in South Orange, New Jersey on July 1, 1931 to John Bernard Duff, Sr. and Mary Cunningham Duff. He is the oldest of four brothers, including Thomas, Joseph and Peter Duff. He graduated from Our Lady of the Valley High School in 1949.

He married Helen Dorothy Mezzanotti in Worcester, Massachusetts October 8, 1955.

A historian, he received a B.S. from Fordham University (NY), a M.A. from Seton Hall University (NJ), and a PhD from Columbia University (NY).

In 1970, following a decade as a professor of history at Seton Hall University, he was appointed vice-president for Academic Affairs. In 1973, Duff became the first lay provost and executive vice-president in the history of Seton Hall.

In 1976, he became the first president of the new University of Lowell, in Lowell, Mass., which would later become the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.[1]

Duff was elected as the first chancellor of the Board of Regents in Massachusetts in 1981 and served there until 1986. On November 12, 1985, he was the first non-librarian appointed as the commissioner of the Chicago public library system. While at that post, he supervised the construction of the Harold Washington Library, the world’s largest public library[2].

Duff became president of Columbia College Chicago in September 1992. During his tenure at Columbia College, he oversaw the acquisition of the college's first residence hall, led its first long-range planning effort and expanded its local and national development initiatives. He also served as vice-chairman from 1994-1996 and as chairman from 1996-1998 of the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities. Also during his time, the institution changed its name from Columbia College to Columbia College Chicago, effective October, 1997.[3]

He is the father of six children: Michael John Duff, Maureen (Reenie) Ellen Duff, Patricia Jean Duff Bernacki, John Andrew Duff, Robert Matthew Duff and Emily Anne Duff. Duff currently resides in La Quinta, California, with his second wife Estelle Shanley.

Publications

  • The Structure of American History (1970) ISBN 0690691378
  • The Nat Turner Rebellion: The Historical Event Controversy (1971)
  • The Irish in the United States(1971) ISBN 053400038X
  • Slavery: Its Origins and Legacy(1957, 1975) ISBN 0690004583

References

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John Bernard Duff (born July 1, 1931) is an American historian born in South Orange, New Jersey on July 1, 1931 to John Bernard Duff, Sr. and Mary Cunningham Duff. He is the oldest of four brothers, including Thomas, Joseph and Peter Duff. He graduated from Our Lady of the Valley High School in 1949.

He married Helen Dorothy Mezzanotti in Worcester, Massachusetts October 8, 1955.

A historian, he received a B.S. from Fordham University (NY), a M.A. from Seton Hall University (NJ), and a PhD from Columbia University (NY).

In 1970, following a decade as a professor of history at Seton Hall University, he was appointed vice-president for Academic Affairs. In 1973, Duff became the first lay provost and executive vice-president in the history of Seton Hall.

In 1976, he became the first president of the new University of Lowell, in Lowell, Mass., which would later become the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.[1]

Duff was elected as the first chancellor of the Board of Regents in Massachusetts in 1981 and served there until 1986. On November 12, 1985, he was the first non-librarian appointed as the commissioner of the Chicago public library system. While at that post, he supervised the construction of the Harold Washington Library, the world’s largest public library[2].

Duff became president of Columbia College Chicago in September 1992. During his tenure at Columbia College, he oversaw the acquisition of the college's first residence hall, led its first long-range planning effort and expanded its local and national development initiatives. He also served as vice-chairman from 1994-1996 and as chairman from 1996-1998 of the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities. Also during his time, the institution changed its name from Columbia College to Columbia College Chicago, effective October, 1997.[3]

He is the father of six children: Michael John Duff, Maureen (Reenie) Ellen Duff, Patricia Jean Duff Bernacki, John Andrew Duff, Robert Matthew Duff and Emily Anne Duff. Duff currently resides in La Quinta, California, with his second wife Estelle Shanley.

Publications

  • The Structure of American History (1970) ISBN 0690691378
  • The Nat Turner Rebellion: The Historical Event Controversy (1971)
  • The Irish in the United States(1971) ISBN 053400038X
  • Slavery: Its Origins and Legacy(1957, 1975) ISBN 0690004583

References


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