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History professor, 79, dies of pancreatic cancer

Ethan Metcalf

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James R. King, associate professor of history, passed away after a bout with pancreatic cancer. He was 79.

King began teaching history at Midwestern State University in 1968 with an emphasis in medieval studies. According to his faculty profile, he last taught courses in 2012 when he taught Ancient Greece and Rome.

He earned his master’s degree from the University of Iowa in 1964 and later completed his doctorate there in 1972.

King served as the first editor of the MSU press from 1981 to 1983, supervising the publication of its first work, A Pictorial History of Wichita Falls. King also served two separate three-year terms on the Core Curriculum Committee, once from 1977-1980 and again from 2006-2008.

King also was a founding member of the Texas Medieval Association and was elected president of the group in 1997.

He had a long list of published works, two of which were refereed and included in volumes on medieval studies.

Times Record News Obituary

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