We were very sad to learn of the death of Paul J. Vanderwood on October 10. Vanderwood was the author of two books with Duke University Press, Juan Soldado: Rapist, Murderer, Martyr, Saint (2004) and Satan's Playground: Mobsters and Movie Stars at America’s Greatest Gaming Resort (2010). Both were highly praised in both the scholarly and general media. Professor Vanderwood taught Mexican history at San Diego State University and was much-loved by his students and colleagues.
Many of Vanderwood's former colleagues are praising his dedication to his work and to his students. Gilbert Joseph, Farnam Professor of History and International Studies at Yale University, Duke University Press author and co-editor of our series American Encounters/Global Interactions, told SignonSanDiego, "He communicated excitement about his work across generations to new Ph. Ds as well as leading figures in the field. He was generous intellectually and personally and had an impact on students from San Diego universities to Yale."
A Paul Vanderwood Memorial Fund is in the process of being established for a scholarship and proposed research center in his name at San Diego State University, his friend George Sherman tells SignOnSanDiego. For information, e-mail George Sherman Geosherman@aol.com.