Texas A&M University Press mourns the passing of Betty Unterberger, the first woman to join Texas A&M at the rank of full professor with tenure. Unterberger taught history for 36 years until her retirement in 2004.
She passed away May 15 in her
Unterberger, hired by the late General James Earl Rudder in 1968, was also the author of The United States, Revolutionary Russia, and the Rise of Czechoslovakia, published by Texas A&M University Press in 2000. Her classic study of the First World War and the Bolshevik Revolution in
Unterberger taught Russian foreign policy and Communist China during the Cold War. In 1991, the
Her trip there gave her the idea for her book The United States and the Russian Civil War: The Betty Miller Unterberger Collection of Documents which she felt was her “capstone research contribution to the field of American foreign affairs.”
Following her retirement from Texas A&M, she received a personal letter of appreciation for her service from Leon Panetta, the former director of the CIA.
Underberger received a Bachelor of Arts degree from
A memorial service in her honor was held Sunday, May 20 at 2:00 in the All Faiths Chapel on campus.
Memorial donations may be made to the Texas A&M Foundation for the Betty Miller Unterberger Memorial Account,