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Dr. Russell D. Buhite, a professor emeritus of history and political science and a former dean at S&T, died May 27. He was 79. Per his wishes, no memorial service is planned.
A noted scholar in U.S. diplomatic history, he was the author of 12 books, one of which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Letters.
Before he became an author and a history professor, Buhite was a minor league first baseman and outfielder for the New York Giants, the Baltimore Orioles and the Washington Senators. His experiences informed his book, The Continental League.
Buhite joined Missouri S&T as dean of the College of Arts and Science in 1997 and held that position until 2002. He taught for 25 years at the University of Oklahoma, serving 10 years as chair of the history department, and was head of the history department at the University of Tennessee.