In Memoriam: Gloria Ricci Lothrop

Mar 23, 2015 933

Gloria Ricci Lothrop, a pioneering California historian who was the first female professor hired to teach in Cal Poly Pomona's history department, died Feb. 2 in Arcadia after battling chronic pulmonary disease and pneumonia. She was 80.

Lothrop joined the faculty at Cal Poly Pomona in 1970. She spent the bulk of her career at the university before heading to Cal State Northridge in 1994, when she became the first W.P. Whitsett Professor of California History. She retired in 2004. Cal Poly Pomona Professor Emeritus John Moore recalled when Lothrop was interviewed for a position on the faculty.

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