Pfeiffer Remembers Professor Gene Earnhardt


It is with great sorrow that Pfeiffer University announces the death of Gene Earnhardt, who taught history at Pfeiffer from 1966 until his retirement in 1996. He was 85.

Earnhardt, as one account recalls, “impacted the lives of many students and colleagues.” This impact took many forms. He chaired the Department of History, and he ran many faculty committees. He served on the divisional committee that selected Woodrow Wilson Fellowship nominees and the nominating committee for Who’s Who among students. He was an advisor to the university’s Young Republicans Club.

Earnhardt, a native of Thomasville, studied American history in a graduate school program at UNC-Chapel Hill following his time at Northwestern University and Washington and Lee University.

Earnhardt’s wife, Barbara Ross Earnhardt, taught writing at Pfeiffer beginning in the 1980s. She left Pfeiffer around the same time her husband did.

A memorial service for Gene Earnhardt will be held at 3 p.m. Feb. 22 at Givens Highland Farms, 200 Tabernacle Road in Black Mountain, North Carolina. The Earnhardt family has asked that gifts in memory may be made to the Pfeiffer Fund of Pfeiffer University or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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