This blog is dedicated to the life of Dr. Stuart Hilwig, Adams State University professor of History, who was killed in an auto accident in northern New Mexico on Sunday, October 28th. He is survived by his wife, Dr. Stephanie Hilwig, Adams State associate professor of Sociology, and their three children, Xandra, Jack and Charlie. Stuart or “Stu”, as his friends knew him, earned his B.A. from Vanderbilt University in 1991 and a Ph.D. in History from Ohio State University in 2000. Raised in Allentown, Pennsylvania, he became interested in European History due to his experiences as an exchange student to Germany and while working for Sicilian immigrants in a pizzeria. He joined the Adams State faculty in 2000. His book Italy and 1968: Youthful Unrest and Democratic Culture was published in 2009 by Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan and is currently being translated into Italian.
To be certain, Stu’s passing is a great loss for all that knew him. Still, Stu was not one to dwell on the past. In fact, on his website the only quote he had posted read, “Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards” (Søren Kierkegaard). With that in mind, this page is designed to share memories of Stu so that we can all carry our memories of him –be it as a father, a professor or a loving husband– into the future.
Rest in peace Stu, you will be missed but most importantly you will be remembered fondly by all.
~ Your beloved friends and family
Adams State College Faculty Lecture Series – Spring 2011