About Stuart Hilwig

              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

Please feel free to share any memories that you might have of Stu. Any financial contribution is also welcomed to assist the Hilwig family.

Adams State College Faculty Lecture Series – Spring 2011

7 Responses to About Stuart Hilwig

  1. Phil Adamo says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Stu when we were grad students at Ohio State. We both finished in the same year. He was one of the smartest and witty people around, in a department full of of smart and witty people. He will be missed.
    Phil Adamo
    Associate Professor of History
    Augsburg College, Minneapolis

  2. Joseph Kay says:

    Stu was one of the most amazing people I have meet, and his ability to handle all the curve balls that life has thrown him and his family these past 4 years is amazing. I will miss Stu very much

    Joseph Kay MD
    Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics
    UC Denver School of Medicine.

  3. Phil Allen MA Soc says:

    I was in Stu’s very first class at Adams.
    Stu was a pivitol inspiration in my life. His lectures on the potential evils of modernization and industrilization, which he examplified through the Holocaust, were the catalyst for my questioning of our modern society and lead me to pursue a masters degree in sociolgy. He truly was a wonderful person and I am so lucky to have had the honor to have been one of his students.
    RIP Stu!
    Phil Allen
    ASC Alum

  4. Ginger Fiore says:


    This is surreal – can’t believe you are gone. You put up quite a fight. I am so proud of you. Not only proud to call you my cousin, but also my friend and confidant. I think back to last Thanksgiving when we all went skiing. I had no ski clothes, but you and Aunt Connie wouldn’t settle for this. You had me buy long underwear at the resort, rent skis, and had me ski in my skirt. You taught me how to live. For each day was precious to you. It was amazing watching you and Stephanie teach your beautiful children how to ski. Even after all of your heart surgeries you never gave up. It reminded me of our annual family Christmas trips to Shawnee where my father taught you (and The Hilwig Boys) to ski. Funny how history repeats itself, but you already knew this as a historian.

    Stuart, thank you for always making time for me even when it wasn’t convenient. This was one of your many gifts. You made the time: during our childhood, on your trips home from college (playing pool-you were “Minnesota Fats” and I “The Pennsylvania Express”-certainly unearned titles), on our Ohio State visits (pasta in white clam sauce), during your new life in Colorado (dating Stephanie-confessing she’s the one) or while visiting me in California. Stu, you were a blessing to our family and to your own. I am so glad you had the opportunity to be a father and a husband. This was one of your most prized accomplishments.

    Stuart Hilwig, you were a good man. So to borrow from our final history lesson together, Dr. Stuart J Hilwig, you were truly a “Friend of the People” (Hilwig on Marat). I will never forget you.

    Stuart, I can’t say goodbye. So please leave a light on in heaven for me…until we meet again my friend.

    Forever Your Cousin,
    Ginger Fiore

  5. Jane Bainhauer says:

    Stu was well liked by all his classmates at Emmaus High School. I’ll cherish all my years growing up with him. He had a great sense of humor!

  6. Luciano Chiaramonte says:

    I was in a freshman seminar class taught by Dr. Hilwig in 2002 called “Greed is Good?”. It was one of the most enlightening classes that I took at ASC. We talked about consumerism, social injustice, and corporate globalism. We read “Fast food nation” then took a trip to Mc D’s so we could see the ‘behind the scenes amazingness’ (quite disturbing). I remember watching a video about how Wal-mart forces the construction of its stores down the throats of every town it can. Then Stu organized a field trip for us to visit Wal-mart. We pretended to be a business class wanting to ‘learn about their successful business model’, but awhile into it we started asking the hard questions about manufacturing, workers rights and unions, etc. As you can imagine, this really caught them off guard! It was a really fun class, but Dr. Hilwig expected us to think critically and actively participate in discussion, which was a very good thing. After the course was finished Stu was always friendly and did not hesitate to chat with me whenever we met up. I’m saddened by the loss of such a great person.
    rest in peace Dr. Hilwig

    Luciano Chiaramonte
    ASC alum

  7. Amanda Salazar says:

    Dear Dr. Hilwig,
    You were one of the most amazing teachers I have had the honor to have in my life. From my first freshman quarter with you, I made sure no one else taught me about history. I learned so very much from you and loved how you taught. I enjoyed getting to know you and thank-you so very much for being on my review board for my senior thesis (and falling asleep during my defense)! Kinda funny. You were incredibly supportive to me on a personal level, I was able to discuss many things with you. I was so very happy to see your transformation…you were always a happy fellow, but when you met Stephanie and created a family, it was a happiness that was very good to you and your spirit. I know you left the world being loved by your family, and by many, many others, including me. I found out New Years Eve from another Adams Alumni, and I spent my midnight hour into the new year meditating and sending you and your family positive thoughts. What came across my mind through this meditation was that the best thing I can do for you, is to do my best and teach and help others…be the best person I can be. In this way, your legacy will be long lasting into History. My heart goes out to your family – Stephanie and your children, and everyone who lost an amazing spirit in their life. Goodbye Dr. Hilwig.
    -Amanda Salazar, ASC Alum, Musician. Artist. Scholar.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s