It is with great sadness that we announce Rudolph J. Vecoli, former director of the Immigration History Research Center (IHRC) and professor emeritus of history, died Tuesday, June 17, after a long-term illness.Photo of Rudi Vecoli
A premier scholar and leader in the field of immigration and ethnic history, Rudi directed the IHRC from 1967 until his retirement in 2005. Through Rudi's leadership and his passionate devotion to securing and preserving treasures of immigrant history, the IHRC has one of the largest and most important collections of materials documenting U.S. immigration and refugee life in the world.
Rudi's care in securing and preserving numerous immigrant and ethnic related documents will bring him thanks from historians far into the future. It is a service and achievement that few, if any, have matched. Through books, articles, reviews, and presentations, he helped shape the field, and Rudi's work will remain a part of every immigration historians’ bibliography. The IHRC is Rudi's legacy to the community, the University, and the historical profession.
A memorial service celebrating Rudi's life and work will be held the evening of July 9.