Historian Alfred Cave Receives UF Distinguished Alumnus Award
Historian Alfred A. Cave was selected to receive UF's Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2015, and he now has the physical award on his mantle. Aimee Green of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Office of Advancement traveled to Toledo, Ohio, to present the award to Cave on October 5, 2016. Cave says that the award means more to him than any of the awards he's received from other local institutions.
Cave received his Master's in 1959 and his PhD in 1961 from UF, where he later taught. He also received an honorary Doctor of Letters from England's Salford University. In addition to teaching at UF, he has taught at City College of New York, the University of Utah, and the University of Toledo, where he served as the dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for 17 years, received an Outstanding Research Award, and is now professor emeritus of history. He also received the Ohio Academy of History's Distinguished Historian Award in 2012.
His work specialized in the history of ethnic conflict in colonial America. His books include the groundbreaking The Pequot War, which The New England Quarterly called the
definitive study of the 17th-century conflict between the Pequot tribe and English colonists, and Prophets of the Great Spirit, which examined religious syncretism among Native cultures. He also produced ethnohistories of the nation under President Andrew Jackson.