Georgia State historian Cliff Kuhn dies of heart attack

Georgia State University has confirmed that Cliff Kuhn, a well-known historian who organized the centennial commemorations of the Atlanta’s 1906 race riots, died Sunday afternoon of a heart attack.

Kuhn, an associate professor of history, had taught at GSU since 1989. He was a specialist in oral history and in 20th century Southern history.

His family sends word that his passing was peaceful, and expressed gratitude that Kuhn, a non-native, had been embraced by his city.

In 2013, Kuhn became the first-ever executive director for the Oral History Association. He also served as co-chair of the content committee for the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.

From the GSU announcement:

Kuhn was a regular voice on local radio, particularly on WABE, for which he created the “This Day in History” monthly broadcast. Kuhn also participated in earlier award-winning radio documentary projects, “Living Atlanta” and “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.”

“Cliff Kuhn served this university and the Atlanta community with passion and commitment for decades,” said William Long, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “He was, simply, irreplaceable, and all who knew him will miss him and cherish his legacy."

The folks at Creative Loafing pointed us to the excellent YouTube clip above.

Read and sign the online guestbook for Cliff Kuhn

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Jim Galloway
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Jim Galloway is a three-decade veteran of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution who writes the Political Insider blog and column.