Honoring Professor Winston Van Horne

Memorial Service for Professor Winston Van Horne

On October 9th, 2013, the Department of Africology organized a Memorial Service to honor esteemed Professor Winston Van Horne. The speakers at the service included:

  • UWM Chancellor Michael R.Lovell
  • UWM Provost Johannes Britz
  • Dean Rodney Swain, UWM College of Letters and Sciences
  • Dr. Doreatha Mbalia, Chair of the Department of Africology
  • The Honorable Vel Phillips, former Wisconsin Secretary of State
  • Dr. Pamela Malone, Chair of Community Brainstorming Conference
  • Dr. Maulana Karenga, Chair of the Department of Africana Studies, California State University-Long Beach;
  • Mr. Max Van Horne, son of Professor Winston Van Horne

Dr. Erin Winkler, Associate Professor at the Department of Africology, presented a portrait photograph of Professor Winston Van Horne to Mrs. Mary Van Horne, on behalf of the Department.

Photos from the Professor Winston Van Horne Memorial Service.
View the video of the Memorial Service for Professor Winston Van Horne.

In commemorating Professor Van Horne, Professor Patrick Bellegarde-Smith wrote the following:

"Though he liked to work often in the shadow, Winston's voice boomed and resonated far afield, his presence felt, if unseen. His vision carried beyond the confines of campus and town. His birthed a discipline, at once father and mother, but he would always say, that Africology was simultaneously the newest discipline and the oldest. He had reasons for the argument anchored in an understanding of African cosmological truths. Now that he has retreated to a well-deserved rest, he shall continue to work in the shadow, and his presence will continue to be felt, if unseen."

Dedication of the Winston Van Horne Seminar Room

On April 26, 2013, Room 206 Mitchell Hall was dedicated in honor of Professor Winston Van Horne, by decree of the UWM Faculty Senate.

The Department of Africology invites you to view the ceremony.


The Department of Africology is saddened to announce that esteemed professor Dr. Winston Van Horne, founder of the discipline of Africology, passed away on May 24, 2013. To read more about Professor Van Horne's life and career, visit his department's website.