Gabor Vermes died on March 11, 2014. A distinguished scholar, a dedicated teacher, and a cherished colleague, Gabor Vermes taught at Rutgers University for nearly 30 years.
A native of Budapest, where he was born in 1933, he lived through World War II and survived the Holocaust. In 1956, he escaped from Hungary to Austria, where for several months he lived in various refugee camps. One year later he arrived in the United States, where he worked as a geologist in oil exploration in Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. He later pursued his love for history as a graduate student at Stanford University, where he received the Master's and Ph.D. degrees.
Joining the faculty of Rutgers University in 1972, Vermes set an admirable course within the historical profession. He was a truly outstanding teacher, scholar, and academic citizen. In 1984, the Graduate Student Government, Phi Alpha Theta, and the History Club presented him with the Outstanding Teacher of History Award. He was also the 1998 recipient of the Henry J. Browne Outstanding Teacher Award.
He served as the deputy chair of the Department of History from 1979 through his retirement and as the faculty adviser to the History Club and Phi Alpha Theta. In 1978, he mounted the Northern New Jersey Regional Conference of Phi Alpha Theta, which was held at the Rutgers University–Newark Campus in 1978. An active participant in the Columbia University Seminar on the History of Legal and Political Thought and the Fulbright Association, he was also a consultant to the Central European University Press.
He authored From Feudalism to Revolution: Hungarian Culture and Politics in the Habsburg Monarchy, 1711-1848, Istvan Tisza: The Liberal Vision and Conservative Statecraft of a Magyar Nationalist (1985), numerous articles, chapters, reviews, and other scholarly opuses.
He is survived by his wife, Dr. Ann Fagan.
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