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To the Editor:

As former students of Paul Kennedy’s, and now fellow members of the historical profession, we wish to emphatically agree with those who have noted his commitment to serving the Yale community and the world beyond. While we do not yet have all the facts about the automobile incident reported in the News (“Kennedy charged with DUI,” 2/7), one fact is indisputably clear: For more than 20 years, Kennedy has displayed extraordinary devotion to teaching and mentoring legions of students. As his TAs and doctoral students, we witnessed first-hand how often Kennedy went beyond the call of duty in assisting people in need. At universities across America and abroad, we strive to follow his example.

When Professor Kennedy has his day in court, the larger court of public opinion will likely focus on the outcome of these proceedings. But as historians, we insist not only that he be treated fairly, but that no one forget his service to history.

Lucy Chester ’96 GRD ’02

University of Colorado, Boulder



Matthew Connelly GRD ’98

Columbia University



Richard Drayton GRD ’93

University of Cambridge



Jay Howard Geller GRD ’01

University of Tulsa



Will Gray GRD ’99

Purdue University



William I. Hitchcock GRD ’93

Temple University



Talbot Imlay GRD ’98

Universite Laval



Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet GRD ’97

University of Pennsylvania



Mark Lawrence GRD ’98

University of Texas, Austin



Fredrik Logevall GRD ’93

Cornell University



Fernande Raine GRD ’00

Harvard University



David Schimmelpenninck van der Oye ’79 GRD ’97

Brock University



Jennifer Siegel, ’90 GRD ’98

Ohio State University



David R. Stone ’97

Kansas State University



Jeremi Suri GRD ’01

University of Wisconsin, Madison



Vincent Viaene GRD ’96

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven



Geoffrey Wawro GRD ’92

University of North Texas



Salim Yaqub GRD ’99

University of California, Santa Barbara



Feb. 14, 2006

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