Frederic J. Baumgartner, professor of history in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of professor emeritus by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
The emeritus title may be conferred on retired professors, associate professors, and administrative officers who are specially recommended to the board by Virginia Tech President Tim Sands. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board receive an emeritus certificate from the university.
A member of the university community since 1976, Baumgartner earned an international reputation as a leading scholar of early modern France, military history, and the Reformation. He was the author of nine books, including one that received the Charles Smith Book Prize from the Southern Historical Association; 17 journal articles; seven book chapters; 56 encyclopedia entries; and 49 book reviews.
His research was supported with grants and fellowships that brought distinction to him and the university, including a Fellowship of Early Modern Studies from the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, a Newberry Library Research Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Humanities Travel-to-Collections Award, several research grants from the American Philosophical Society, and a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend. He was also a recipient of the Dudley Award in the History of Astronomy and the Pollack Award in the History of Astronomy.
In recognition of his many contributions to teaching and research, the Virginia Social Sciences Association named Baumgartner Historian of the Year in 2002.
Baumgartner was active in many professional organizations, including the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, the Southern Historical Association–European Section, and the American Catholic Historical Association.
At Virginia Tech, Baumgartner served on many committees, commissions, and organizations, including roles as vice president and president of the College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Association, chair of the Faculty Senate Committee on Faculty Ethics, and president of the Virginia Tech chapter of the American Association of University Professors.
He earned his undergraduate degree from Mount Saint Paul College in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.