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Robert E. Bonner -- 2008 Outstanding Alumnus
Bachelor of Arts - 1961 - American Studies
Robert E. Bonner came to the University of Wyoming from Powell and earned a bachelor’s degree in American Studies in 1961. During his graduate studies at the University of Oregon, Bonner became interested in English history, and he subsequently received a Ph.D. in history at the University of Minnesota. In 1967, he accepted a teaching position in the Department of History at Carleton College, a private liberal arts college in Northfield, Minnesota.
In 1997, Bonner became director of American Studies at Carleton and was later awarded the newly created endowed chair, the Marjorie Crabb Garbisch Professorship of History and the Liberal Arts. He continued to expand his instruction areas to include the American West, American Indians, and the American Environment.
Bonner has published numerous articles in academic journals and has written two privately published books. In 2007, he published William F. Cody’s Wyoming Empire: The Buffalo Bill Nobody Knows, featured on Page 14, A&S Bookcase.
During his 34 years at Carleton College, Bonner demonstrated leadership within his college community by serving as both member and chair on several committees. Bonner also was dean of students from 1992-1995.