W. Robert "Bob" Fallaw Jr., a retired Washington College history professor, died of multiple myeloma complications Dec. 13 at the Hospice Center of Queen Anne's in Centreville. He was 78.
Born in Durham, N.C., he was the son of Walter Robert Fallaw Sr., a salesman and farmer, and Amy Wilson Childs Fallaw, a high school teacher.
He earned a history degree from Duke University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He also had a master's degree and a doctorate from Princeton University. He studied early American history and concentrated on the political history of the Jacksonian period and American intellectual history, family members said.
Dr. Fallaw began teaching in 1960 as a lecturer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A decade later, he took a post at Washington College as director of the American studies program and as an associate professor in the history department. He was named a professor in 1978 and was department chair from 1988 to 2002.
From 1998 until 2005, he was the Everett E. Nuttle Professor of History. In 2005, he was recipient of the Washington College Alumni Association Award for Distinguished Teaching.
He was the co-editor of "The Chesapeake Bay in the American Revolution."
"On and off campus, he was known as a scintillating lecturer and provocative discussion leader, and he always made time for students who came to his office for guidance and discussion on a wide range of topics," said his wife, Margaret Quoos, an historic sites surveyor.
He attended the Jessie Ball duPont Summer Seminars at the National Humanities Center in North Carolina and participated in a faculty exchange program with the Université d'Artois in Arras, France.
Dr. Fallaw played basketball on a faculty team in the 1970s. He also enjoyed discussing sports history and was interested in the Durham Bulls.
"He could also be a shameless punster," his wife said.
A life celebration will be held at 2 p.m. Jan. 19 at Hynson Lounge in Hodson Hall at Washington College in Chestertown.
In addition to his wife of nearly 50 years, survivors include four sons, Stephen R. Fallaw of Chestertown, Peter A. Fallaw of Beaver Creek, Ore., and Michael L. Fallaw and Timothy A. Fallaw, both of Bozeman, Mont; and three grandchildren.