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University community mourns death of Michael 'Mickey' Waxman

Mon, 07/21/2014

LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas lost a longtime member of the Lawrence campus July 16.

Michael “Mickey” Waxman, a statistical consultant for University of Kansas Libraries, died at his Baldwin City home after a long illness.

“On behalf of the University of Kansas, I offer my condolences to Michael Waxman’s family and friends, who include the many students he helped,” Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little said.

Waxman had worked at KU since 1983. At the libraries, Waxman was responsible for statistical data consulting. He worked closely with faculty and graduate students in structuring statistical analyses for their research, often earning him mentions in the acknowledgement sections of theses and dissertations.

“Mickey was a valued and important member of our KU Libraries family, and his work at KU touched hundreds of faculty, staff and students,” Lorraine Haricombe, dean of libraries, said. “We were fortunate to have the opportunity to know him, both professionally and personally.”

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. today, July 21, at the Louis Memorial Chapel, 6830 Troost Ave., in Kansas City, Missouri.



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Lauded race and class historian becomes KU Foundation Professor David Roediger’s award-winning research and writing has already transformed how historians view the growth of social freedoms in America though the intersection of race, class, ethnicity, and labor. Now Roediger, as KU’s first Foundation Distinguished Professor of History (http://bit.ly/1AbAqYw), will continue to break new ground in those fields as he leads KU’s departments of American Studies and History. Roediger likes to study historical flash points — where one particular change brings a cascade of wider cultural changes. His latest book, “Seizing Freedom, Slave Emancipation and Liberty for All,” makes the point that as slaves began freeing themselves across the South during the Civil War, their emancipation inspired and ignited other cultural movements for freedom — such as the women’s movement for suffrage and the labor movement for better working conditions and an eight-hour day. Understanding the individual stories of average people who wanted to make their lives better, including slaves or factory workers, is important to understanding the wider political movements and elections, Roediger said. “It's tempting to think that all the important political questions have been decided,” he said, “but actually people are constantly thinking about what freedom would mean for them.”


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