We are saddened to share the news that David R. Colburn, University Press of Florida author and longtime friend of the press, passed away this week at the age of 76.
A historian who devoted his career to teaching, scholarship, and service at the University of Florida, Colburn was highly revered as a professor and authored or edited many books, including five UPF books about Florida history and politics. He served as the provost and senior vice president of the University of Florida from 1999–2005, during which time he provided guidance and support to the press. He was editor, with Susan MacManus, of the UPF book series Florida Government and Politics. Most recently, he served on the editorial advisory board of the press’s Florida and the Caribbean Open Books Series.
Colburn was “a gentleman scholar that I will miss daily,” says Meredith Babb, former director of the University Press of Florida.
Books by David R. Colburn
From Yellow Dog Democrats to Red State Republicans: Florida and Its Politics since 1940
David R. Colburn
Florida’s Megatrends: Critical Issues in Florida
David Colburn and Lance deHaven-Smith
Government in the Sunshine State: Florida Since Statehood
David R. Colburn and Lance deHaven-Smith
The African American Heritage of Florida
Edited by David R. Colburn and Jane L. Landers