GMA Board Member
Brian C. Pohanka Dies
The Grant Monument Association (GMA) notes with sorrow the passing of
Brian C. Pohanka, the renowned historic preservation scholar and
activist, and a board member of the GMA since 1995. He was also a member
of GMA’s Executive Committee. Mr. Pohanka, 50, died of cancer on June
15 at his home in Alexandria, VA.
GMA President Frank Scaturro said, “Brian Pohanka earned his
reputation throughout the historic preservation community as a kind,
articulate, and dedicated Civil War activist and scholar. He saw history
as living and vibrant, and he lived it accordingly.” The GMA offers
condolences to Mr. Pohanka’s family and many friends.
News of Mr. Pohanka’s untimely death spread quickly through the
historical community. The spontaneous, heart-felt tributes described Mr.
Pohanka as a true giant, a generous scholar, and guiding light in the
historic preservation field in the United States. "Few people have
contributed more to keeping the memory of the Civil War alive for the
present generations of Americans. He will be greatly missed,” remarked
Civil War Preservation Trust President James Lighthizer.
"Mr. Pohanka’s intellect, his generosity, and his great
enthusiasm for history made him a true public scholar. With his books,
articles, and appearances on television documentaries, he brought many
others to the study of the Civil War era, including young people. His
work and his personal example will continue to enrich our field for many
years to come,” said GMA board member Scott Berman.
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