History Department
History Department

Professor Emeritus William R. Braisted, 1918-2017

Tue, July 25, 2017
Professor Emeritus William R. Braisted, 1918-2017
Professor William R. Braisted

We were saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. William R. Braisted, Professor Emeritus in the History Department, on June 14th, at the age of 99.

Dr. Braisted was born in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He spent several of his early years in Asia, inspiring him to later focus on the study of Asian history and culture, earning a Ph.D. in 1950 from the University of Chicago.

With a special interest in Far Eastern history, he lived for extended periods in China, Japan, and the Philippines, and traveled widely throughout Asia.

Dr. Braisted was a distinguished professor of history at UT Austin from 1942 until 1988. He was appointed to the Order of the Sacred Treasure, 3rd class, by Emperor Hirohito of Japan.

In addition to many articles and publications, he authored several books including Diplomats in Blue: U.S. Naval Officers in China, 1922-1933 (University Press of Florida, 2009), reviewed by Dr. Marian J. Barber, for ShelfLife@Texas; and The United States Navy in the Pacific, 1897-1909, and 1909-1922, both published by Naval Institute Press in 2008.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Second Chance Wildlife Center. View and sign the family guest book at PumphreyFuneralHome.com, and read the Austin American-Statesman’s obituary for Professor Braisted.

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