Frank T. Reuter


Frank T. Reuter


A champion for the Master of Liberal Arts program in the 1960s, Frank T. Reuter, former dean and emeritus professor of history, died in September. He was 88.

Reuter taught history and government courses from 1962 to 1992, specializing in U.S. foreign policy and the American Revolution. Students responded to his upbeat but demanding style, recognizing him as the Honors Professor of the Year in 1967.

Not only a gifted lecturer, Reuter also was respected as an administrator, serving as chair of the history department and dean of the graduate school.

As dean, he initiated TCU’s Masters of Liberal Arts program in 1964, which emphasized breadth of knowledge rather than concentrated study in one field, making it unlike other TCU graduate programs.

He also authored several books on American history, most notably Trials and Triumphs: George Washington’s Foreign Policy. He spent 1991 as a fellow at the University of Durham, England, and taught at the Pazmany Peter Catholic University, Piliscsaba, Hungary, after retiring in 1992.

Three generations of family followed him to TCU.

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