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Louise Pubols PhD’00

Louise Pubols PhD’00 of Portland, Oregon, died on July 24, 2017 after a long battle with cancer. After finishing her PhD in History, she worked as a historian at the Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles (1999-2007), helping to transform it into a recognized scholarly institution. She then moved to the Museum of California in Oakland (2008-2016), where, as Senior Curator of History, she helped raise its profile and prestige. During this time, she also published The Father of All: The de la Guerra Family, Power, and Patriarchy in Mexican California (Huntington Library/University of California Press, 2010), which won the Ray Allen Billington Prize for the best book in frontier and borderlands history from the Organization of American Historians (2011), and she served on the Council of the Western History Association. Her friends and family will remember Louise not only as an accomplished historian and curator, but also as a warm and witty companion, a generous host, a diehard Badger fan, and an adventurous and eager traveler. She is survived by her husband, Joseph Taylor, her stepdaughter, Bell Taylor, and her parents, Lillian and Benjamin Pubols. The Western Historical Association has established a fund in Louise’s memory, to support the professional development of public historians. Contributions may be sent to the Louise Pubols Public History Fund, Western History Association, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 6001 Dodge St., ASH 287-F, Omaha, NE 68182.

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