BLUFFTON — Ronald Lora, of Bluffton, will receive the 2016 Distinguished Historian award from the Ohio Academy of History.
The Distinguished Historian Award honors a historian who has an extensive record of publications and contributions to the profession. Lora will speak to the academy at a dinner Friday and will be presented the honor on Saturday.
Lora has authored “Conservative Minds in America” and has been the editor of “America in the 1960s: Cultural Authorities in Transition and of The American West”; co-editor of “The Conservative Press in Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century America” and “The Conservative Press in Twentieth-Century.” He has published numerous articles on conservatism in American history, including a study of Ohio’s 53rd governor, “Martin L. Davey: Horatio Alger in the New Worlds of Tree Care and Partisan Politics.” He also has been a guest columnist of The Lima News.
Lora was born and raised in Bluffton.
His interest in history was something that was borne in him.
“It just came naturally, for some reason. In high school I always enjoyed history and government classes,” Lora said.
He attended Bluffton College and went on to earn a doctoral degree from The Ohio State University with specialization in American intellectual history and recent political and cultural history. He taught at Bluffton College for two years and taught at the University of Toledo for 42 years. He retired five years ago.
Lora has received accolades throughout his teaching career. He was honored with an Outstanding Teaching Award from the University of Toledo in 1976 and the Outstanding Teacher Award from the Ohio Academy of History in 1987.
“I am surprised and pleased to have received this award. I am honored,” Lora said.
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