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In Memoriam

By Remy Benoit

    Stephen Ambrose passed on Sunday morning in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.

    Tom Brokaw said of his friend:
       He was kind of America's Historian.

      Ambrose will be remembered for his writing, for his teaching, for his work as a consultant for Saving Private Ryan, and for his work as the author and producer of Band of Brothers.Band of Brothers.

     His books include:
Lewis & Clark: Voyage of Discovery.

Undaunted Courage:Meriweather Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West.

Mississippi and the Making of a Nation: From the Louisiana Purchase to Today.

Americans At War.

Citizen Soldiers: The U.S. Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany, June 7, 1944 to May 7, 1945.

D-Day June 6, 1944: The Climatic Battle of World War II.

    Dr. Ambrose has left us a vast legacy of his words.

    He has left us with the National D Day Museum here in New Orleans.
National D Day Museum.

    Yet he has left us with even more than that.  He has left us the way he approached his life and his work.  He has left us his example of bringing your grand passion to your work. He has left us with his example of bringing all you have to your work.

    Dr. Ambrose will be missed.

    It saddens me that he will not be with us to celebrate the Bicentennial of the Louisiana Purchase.

    We were blessed that he was among us, helping us learn who we were and are.

    In today's Times Picayune, Susan Larson quotes Tom Brokaw:

      He personified what he loved most about America - this robust, muscular, positive man who was always so optimistic and had such enthusiasm for life.

Historian Ambrose Dies at 66 of Cancer.

    I grieve the loss of this fellow historian; I celebrate his wonderful legacy.


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