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Dr. Judy LeForge Honored at Faculty Retirement Reception

May 13, 2013

Union University honored the history department’s Dr. Judy LeForge at a retirement reception on May 13, 2013. Dr. LeForge, who holds the title of Professor of History, will retire at the end of the current school year after having taught history at Union since 1999. Dr. Stephen Carls spoke about her many successes as a department member, teacher, and scholar during a brief program, and Union President Dr. David Dockery presented her with a retirement gift.

Dr. LeForge accomplished much while at Union University. She introduced a new course on the history of women in America, for example, and she initiated history education receptions that included student teacher presentations. In 2007, she coordinated a highly successful Tennessee Conference of Historians that took place on Union’s campus, and she regularly presented scholarly papers at professional meetings. In addition, she was a regular attendee at Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society regional conferences, where she often served as a panel chair and paper commentator. She also attended Phi Alpha Theta biennial conventions in San Diego, California and Orlando, Florida, where she also chaired panels.

In the area of professional development, Dr. LeForge had much success. She wrote articles for several professional journals, including the Tennessee Historical Quarterly, the Alabama Review, and The West Tennessee Society Historical Papers. She also presented scholarly papers at a number of professional meetings, such as the Ohio Valley History Conference and the Conference of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. She is currently well on her way toward completing a book-length manuscript on the civil rights movement in nineteenth-century America, and she has been in regular contact with the University of Mississippi Press on this project. To help move her scholarly endeavors ahead, Union University provided her with two Pew Summer Research Grants.

The foundation of all that Dr. LeForge did at Union University was her strong Christian faith, which she demonstrated over and over again during her time at the school.


Retiring faculty member Dr. Judy LeForge (left) talks to retiring staff member Mrs. Patricia Porter during a reception in honor of retiring personnel at Union University on May 13, 2013. Photo by Morris Abernathy


Retiring faculty and staff members sit together during a program in their honor at the Union University retirement reception on May 13, 2013. They are: (left to right) Mrs. Patricia Porter, Dr. Judy LeForge, Dr. Terry Weaver, and Dr. Michael McMahan. Photo by Morris Abernathy


Dr. Stephen Carls makes a presentation about Dr. Judy LeForge's years as a member of the history department at Union University during a retirement reception program on May 13, 2013. Photo by Morris Abernathy


Dr. Judy LeForge receives a retirement gift from Union University President Dr. David Dockery on May 13, 2013. Photo by Morris Abernathy


Retiring history professor Dr. Judy LeForge (second from left) stands with other faculty and staff also retiring from Union University during a reception in their honor on May 13, 2013. Others in the photo are: (left to right) Mrs. Patricia Porter (undergraduate admissions), Dr. Terry Weaver (education), and Dr. Michael McMahan (biology). Photo by Morris Abernathy


Retiring faculty members accept the congratulations and best wishes from colleagues during a retirement reception on May 13, 2013. The retiring members are: (facing the camera, left to right) Dr. Judy LeForge, Dr. Terry Weaver, and Dr. Michael McMahan. Photo by Morris Abernathy