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Birth: Jan. 29, 1890
Ragan
Harlan County
Nebraska, USA
Death: Jun. 24, 1962, USA

husband of Carrie Perin Raney

Appleton Post-Crescent | Appleton WI | Monday, June 25, 1962 | page 28

William F Raney
622 N Bateman

Age 72, passed away Sunday at 12:30 p.m. He was born January 29, 1890 at Ragan NE. Mr Raney was a Professor of European History at Lawrence College for 35 years. He was also the author of "Wisconsin, A Story Of Progress." Mr Raney is Survived by his wife Carrie; his mother Mrs Frances Raney, Columbus NE; one son William P Raney, Minneapolis MN; one daughter, Mrs Prasocia Mirkil, Lime NH, one brother, Albert, Hastings NE, one sister, Miss Henrietta Raney, Columbus NE; four grandchildren. Funeral services will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Wichmann Funeral Home with Mr Graham Waring officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. Friends may call at the Wichmann Funeral Home from 7-9 p.m. Monday.
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Appleton Post-Crescent | Appleton WI | Monday, June 25, 1962 | pages 1 & 10

Noted Teacher From Lawrence Dies Sunday

William F Raney Had Been Author, Local Historian

Dr William F Raney, 72, professor of history at Lawrence College from 1920 to 1955, died Sunday noon after a long illness.
Dr Raney, who held the D.G. Ormsby chair in history, was the author of "Wisconsin: A Story of Progress" which was published by Prentice-Hall in 1940.
Believing that historians must be useful on a local level, Dr Raney did several local histories; a 250-page history of the Aid Association for Lutherans: a 100-page history of the land on which the Thilmany Pulp and Paper Co.stands; and a summary of the first 75 years of the First National Bank.
In the years since his retirement, he has been working on a comprehensive history of Lawrence College. He has also done a great many shorter histories of Lawrence for professional magazines, books and anniversary use.
An alumnus of Hastings College in Nebraska. Dr Raney was a Rhodes scholar to Oxford University and obtained his PhD from the University of Wisconsin. He also studied at the University of Grenoble France, and Leipzig Germany.
Prior to coming to Lawrence, Dr Raney taught at his alma mater and the University of Louisville KY. His first appointment at Lawrence was a temporary job in the French department replacing a professor who was on leave: after two years he was transferred to his field of major interest.
Dr Raney attended the double jubilee reunion of Rhodes scholars at Oxford in 1953 as one of 400 men who celebrated the centenary of Cecil Rhodes and the 50th anniversary of the scholarships.
When Dr Raney retired from Lawrence and was given an honorary degree, he was cited by President Douglas M Knight: "History is our past but also our present; it is the most demandmg of disciplines, because it constantly tempts us to pretend assurance where we do not have it. And even for those of great integrity it is a savage master, for it never remains constant. Our moving present modifies the past, the tomorrow will change every yesterday, place it not only beyond recall but sometimes beyond understanding. You have superbly accepted this limit and this challenge; you have meditated the history of Lawrence as well as that of the world, and you have made yourself a permanent part of what you mediated. The college to which you have given 35 years of your teaching life is happy to confer upon you the degree of master of arts, ad eundum.
 
 
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  Carrie Perin Raney (1888 - 1977)
 
Burial:
Riverside Cemetery
Appleton
Outagamie County
Wisconsin, USA
Plot: block S
 
Created by: Bill Southam
Record added: May 01, 2001
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William Francis Raney
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