|President Emeritus Henry R. Winkler|
Winkler joined the faculty of Rutgers University in 1947, the year he earned his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. It was also the year he was discharged from the United States Navy, in which he had spent World War II as an intelligence officer (Japanese language specialty) in the Pacific.
At Rutgers, he was promoted to associate professor in 1952 and full professor in 1958. He chaired the department of history and was dean of the faculty of Liberal Arts. Throughout the early 1970s, he accepted administrative posts as senior vice president for academic affairs, executive vice president, and acting president later. While at Rutgers he was one of the founders of the Advanced Placement Program and began extended service as chairman of the Board of Trustees of the College Entrance Examination Board. He also served as president of the Highland Park, New Jersey, board of education.
At the University of Cincinnati, Winkler demonstrated his ability to build academic quality while dealing with the complex environment of an urban university. He retained his association with the College Board and was active in the creation of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (now the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities). He continued to teach almost every quarter while contributing to scholarly articles and books.
Winkler wrote or edited seven books, primarily on British history, including The Development of the League of Nations Idea in Great Britain, 1914-1919 (1940), Great Britain in the Twentieth Century (1960) and British Labour Seeks a Foreign Policy, 1900-1940 (2004). He often considered the volume he edited with Kenneth M. Setton, Great Problems in European Civilization (1961), to be his most influential.
Among the honorary degrees awarded to Winkler are those from Xavier University, Lehigh University, Rutgers University, Hebrew Union College, Northern Kentucky University and the City University of Manila. In addition to a Fulbright appointment at the London School of Economics, he held visiting professorships at Bryn Mawr College, Harvard University, and Columbia University. The University of Cincinnati named its Center for the History of the Health Professions in Winkler’s honor.
Winkler has two children, historian Allan Michael, and journalist Karen Jean, from his marriage to the late Clare Sapadin. He married Beatrice Ross in 1973 and has three stepsons, Richard, Robert and Kenneth Ross.