Remembering J. Rogers Hollingsworth (1932-2019)

We are sad to relate that SASE’s eighth President, J. Rogers Hollingsworth, has passed away. One of four children, Hollingsworth was born in the small town of Anniston, Alabama where his father was a local businessman. He received a B.A. from Emory University, and in 1960 a Ph.D. in History from the University of Chicago where he worked with Walter Johnson in American politics, Dan Boorstin in intellectual history and William H. McNeil on western civilization.

He authored studies on diverse topics including American and European political economies, nation and state building, comparative health services, American hospitals, and American politics. More recently, he became interested in the study of research organizations and scientists in basic biomedical science, and what organizational, cultural, and individual factors foster excellence. Throughout his career, he collaborated with many other scholars in diverse fields. He was a visiting scholar at Trinity and St. John’s Colleges at Cambridge University, and at organizations in the Netherlands, Germany and Sweden, and he presented his research in Europe, Asia, South America, Africa, and the Middle East.

See the full obituary published by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he taught for 36 years, here.