In Memoriam

It is with deep regret and profound sadness that we report the passing of the following NCHC members within recent months. These individuals enriched our lives and our community, and we ask that you join us in remembering them fondly.

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Lothar Leo Tresp
March 4, 1927 - January 22, 2019

Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Georgia, Lothar Tresp has not only studied history but participated in and—within the context of the NCHC—made it.

Lothar immigrated to the United States from East Prussia in 1952 and began his teaching career at the University of Georgia in 1957, remaining there until his retirement in 1994. After serving as Assistant and then Acting Director of the fledgling UGA Honors Program, Tresp became Director in 1967, a position he maintained for over a quarter of a century.

While building his own program, he also was instrumental in the early development of the NCHC, serving on the Executive Committee and then becoming Vice President and President (1974-76). He was also the co-founder and first president of the Southern Regional Honors Council. Throughout most of the 1980s (1981-87), Tresp was Executive Secretary/Treasurer of the NCHC, and throughout his honors career he served as consultant to over thirty honors programs and gave countless presentations at national and regional conferences.

His many accomplishments were acknowledged throughout his career by, for instance, his selection as a Ford Fellow in Academic Administration, numerous teaching and service awards in and outside of honors, and the Honoratus Award.

Lothar Tresp has had an incalculable influence on the NCHC and on honors education in this country, dignifying it with his indomitable commitment to excellence in education.

Lothar was married to his wife, Lucy, for 67 years. Her address is:

Lucy Tresp
100 Spring Harbor Drive, Apt. 551
Columbus, GA 31904