Tennant McWilliams, the Southern historian and longtime Dean of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, passed away in Fairhope, Alabama on October 23, 2023, at the age of 80.
Tennant was a prolific writer, publishing numerous books and articles on Southern history, including Dixie Heretic: The Civil Rights Odyssey of Renwick C. Kennedy (2023), The Chaplain’s Conflict: Good and Evil in a War Hospital, 1943-45 (2012), and New Lights in the Valley: The Emergence of U.A.B. (2007). His work was praised for its rigor, insight, and accessibility.
In retirement, Tennant remained active in the Fairhope community. He was a member of the Fairhope Historical Society and the Fairhope Arts Council. He was also a devoted husband to his wife, Susan, and a loving father, brother, and uncle.
A scholar of the highest caliber, a dedicated educator, and a compassionate human being, Tennant will be deeply missed by his family, friends, colleagues, and students. He leaves behind a legacy of scholarship, teaching, and mentorship that will inspire generations to come.
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Books by Tennant McWilliams
A life-and-times biography of the minister and social reformer Renwick C. Kennedy
A scholarly narrative of The University of Alabama at Birmingham from its nascent beginnings through the mid 1990s.
A subtle exploration of the evolution of southern ideas and actions about foreign policy.
How a proponent of the New South creed could move easily to advocate the nationalistic foreign and domestic policies often associated with Theodore Roosevelt