Department of History

Gordon C. Bond

March 27, 1997, Auburn University News Release, by Janet McCoy

AUBURN -- Gordon Crews Bond, Auburn University faculty leader, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and an internationally recognized Napoleonic scholar, died Thursday after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 57.

"Auburn and the state of Alabama have lost a very articulate spokesman for higher education," said AU President William V. Muse. "I thought very highly of Gordon, both personally and professionally. His leadership in the College of Liberal Arts and among the faculty has meant a great deal to Auburn University."

Named dean of AU's largest college in 1992, Bond came to AU in 1967 as an assistant professor, and except for teaching one year at the University of Southern Mississippi and a one-year appointment as visiting professor at the University of Utah, spent his entire 31-year academic career at Auburn.

AU Provost Paul F. Parks said an interim dean will be appointed to oversee the College of Liberal Arts until a new dean is named.

A Fellow since 1995 in The International Napoleonic Society, he was awarded The Legion of Merit from the society in October 1996. Bond also served on the Board of Directors for the Institute of Napoleonic Studies at Florida State University; the Board of Directors of the Consortium on Revolutionary Europe and was a member of several academic societies and university committees.

Bond served in 1982 as chair of AU's Faculty Senate during one of the stormier periods in AU's history, when the Senate often clashed with then President Hanley Funderburk.

"Gordon Bond is one of Auburn's heroes. He was cool, clear-headed, and courageous when central administrators thought the faculty could be bullied and the integrity of the institution insulted," said Jerry Brown, head of the AU Department of Journalism. "Gordon never faltered, then or later. In him, passion, diplomacy and intelligence combined to create a leader and a friend we will sorely miss."

Bond received a B.S. degree in personnel management 1962 from Florida State University; an M.A. from FSU in 1963 in history and a Ph.D in history from FSU in 1966. He taught several history courses during his career at AU, including world history, western civilization, modern France, French Revolution-Napoleon, Renaissance and Reformation and the Human Odyssey.

A professor of history, he was appointed head of the Department of History in 1985, a position he held for six years before being appointed in 1991 as acting associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts.

As dean, Bond served on the Provost's Deans Council, the University Budget Committee and the University Priorities and Goals Committee. Bond served from 1979-82 as a member of the Graduate Council, which administers the graduate program for the university.

In addition to more than 100 reviews in refereed journals, Bond wrote The Grand Expedition: The British Invasion of Holland in 1809, published by the University of Georgia Press in 1979.

Bond, who was born Nov. 17, 1939 in Fort Myers, Fla., is survived by his wife, Stephanie, two children, Michael and Annie; two sisters, Florence Bond Brown of Hendersonville, N.C,; and Gloria Houck Brown of Zephyrhills, Fla.; two brothers, Robert G. Bond of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and Charles Houck of Fort Myers, Fla.; and 11 nieces and nephews.

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