Dr. Robert Francis Engs

November 10, 1943 - January 14, 2013
Dr. Robert Francis Engs

Gifts & Memorial Donations

Dr. Robert Francis Engs, Age: 69

Date of Birth: November 10, 1943

Date of Death: January 14, 2013

Proceeded in Death by:

Robert Nathaniel Engs, Father


Professor of History, emeritus, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Visiting Distinguished Professor of History, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA

Consulting Scholar of ìThe Lemon Project: A Journey of Reconciliation at the College of William and Maryî

Church Membership:

St Martinís Episcopal Church, Williamsburg, VA


Frankfurt American High School, West Germany, 1957-1960;

Grove City High School, PA, 1960-1961

B.A.: Princeton University 1965,

Ph.D.: Yale University 1972,

Book Author:

Freedom’s First Generation: Black Hampton, 1861-1890,

Educating the Disfranchised and Disinherited: Samuel Chapman Armstrong and Hampton Institute, 1839-1893,

Birth of the Grand Old Party, ed. [w/ Randall Miller],

Their Patriotic Duty: The Civil War Letters of the Evans Family of Brown County, Ohio

Organizations, Associations:

Consultant, Ft. Monroe Restoration and Preservation Project

The Historical Society of the Episcopal Church

Pennsylvania Sesquicentennial Commission

Educational Consultant, History, School System of Philadelphia, PA

Trustee, Abraham Lincoln Foundation of the Union League of Philadelphia, PA


Son: Robert Nathaniel Engs, II

Former Spouse: Jean Oliver Engs

Mother: Myrtle Coger Engs

Siblings: Michael Shelton Engs and Barbara Engs Watson, and sister-in-law Sidney Engs and brother-in-law Robert Watson, Jr.

Nephews and Nieces: Joi Gary, Leia Gary, Stephanie Engs, Terrell Atkins, Caia Brown

Memorial Contribution:

In lieu of flowers, please contribute to an organization of your choice that benefits at-risk youth.


Saturday, January 19, 2013
12:00 AM

St. Martins Episcopal Church - Directions
1333 Jamestown Road
Williamsburg, VA 23185

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  • January 18, 2013
    Dave Rector says:
    I just heard this morning of Bob's death. I'm sorry I couldn't be there. He was a great friend going back to GCHS. My mom loved Bob as well and will be very sorry to hear of his death. I will miss our periodic very long phone conversations. I've learned a lot from him over these past 50+ years. I will miss him.

  • January 18, 2013
    Carol McKee Gargasz says:
    This was a better world with him as a part of it. Good memories.

  • May 04, 2021
    Bill Raasch says:
    Was honored to meet Robert during my sophomore year at an army dependent high school in Frankfurt, Germany. He influenced my lifelong belief in human equality. I am a conservative, and have always believed in the uniform application of the principals our founders included in the constitution. Words mean something:rock stars and polititions do not.