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Keeping History Alive Through Giving

Nov. 15, 2012

Lawrence B. de Graaf is a founding faculty member and professor emeritus of history. He helped establish Cal State Fullerton's History Department and its curriculum, set up the first campus archive and served as the University’s first archivist.

Over the years, he’s become a specialist in Orange County history and the role of African Americans in the modern urban West. He also authored a 360-page book that chronicles the University’s 50-year history called “The Fullerton Way: Fifty Years at California State University, Fullerton.”

History is his passion. Another passion is making sure students have the resources they need to succeed.

His annual gifts to the University fund the Lawrence B. de Graaf Outstanding Graduate Student Award and also support the Center for Oral and Public History. His goal is to endow the graduate student award fund that bears his name.

“It is important for CSUF faculty to give back to the University,” de Graaf said. “That to me typifies what a lot of faculty, especially emeriti faculty, can do and a very important part of fundraising.'”

The scholarship goes to graduate students who need assistance in completing their degrees.

“A couple of them have told me it's been the difference in completing their M.A.,” he said. “No matter how small the scholarship amount is, it can be crucial.”

For more information about gifts to the Department of History or the Center for Oral and Public History, please contact Alina Mircea-Trotz, Director of Development, at or 657-278-5287.

By: Michael Mahi, 657-278-5143

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