Thomas Skidmore (1932-2016): A Tribute

Thomas E. Skidmore, the prominent historian of Brazil and professor emeritus at Brown University, passed away on 11 June 2016 in Westerly, Rhode Island. He was 83 years old. Professor Skidmore was a leading figure in the development of Brazilian Studies outside Brazil, and was the recipient of both the Kalman Silvert Award from the Latin American Studies Association (2001) and the Lifetime Contribution Award from the Brazilian Studies Association (2006). His first book, Politics in Brazil: 1930-1964, An Experiment in Democracy, published in 1967 by Oxford University Press, stands as the most influential treatment of mid-20th century Brazilian politics in any language. Tom had strong connections to Oxford, having read PPE at Magdalen (1954-1956), where he met his wife Felicity, a daughter of Robert Hall, a founding fellow of Nuffield and later Principal of Hertford. Tom is survived by Felicity and their three sons, to whom the LAC extends condolences.