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Congratulations to George Herring!

Vietnam War historian George C. Herring, Alumni Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Kentucky, is the 2010 recipient of the Medallion for Intellectual Achievement. The UK Libraries Medallion for Intellectual Achievement recognizes high intellectual achievement while encouraging education and promoting creativity throughout the Commonwealth. The award may be given to a person or group of persons. Candidates must be native Kentuckians or have studied, worked, or lived in Kentucky for at least three years and demonstrated intellectual excellence in a scientific, artistic, literary, social, or humanitarian venue or have produced some original work or contribution of lasting value.

A native of Virginia, Herring earned his bachelor’s degree from Roanoke College. After service in the U.S. Navy he earned master’s and doctoral degrees in history from the University of Virginia. He joined the UK faculty in 1969 after four years at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

A popular teacher, Herring taught classes at all levels, from introductory survey courses in U.S. history to graduate seminars. He directed the work of 35 doctoral students and more than 50 graduate students pursuing master’s degrees. Herring is a recipient of the UK Alumni Association Great Teacher Award and the Sturgill Award for Excellence in Graduate Education. He served three terms as chair of the UK Department of History and was acting director of the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce in the spring of 2005.

A specialist in the history of U.S. foreign relations, Herring’s writing has focused on the Vietnam War and includes most importantly, “America’s Longest War: The United States and Vietnam, 1950-1975,” now in its fourth edition.

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