Albert Henry Imlah (1901-89)
AHA Staff, November 1989
Albert Henry Imlah, former professor of history at Tufts University and professor of diplomatic history at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, died of cancer on July 8, 1989 at his home in Falls Church, VA. He was 88. Born in New Westminster, British Columbia, Professor Imlah earned his A.B. from the University of British Columbia, his M.A. from Clark University, and his Ph.D. from Harvard. After teaching at the University of Maine, Professor Imlah joined the Tufts faculty in 1927. Thirty years later he was appointed Dickson Professor of English and American History and chair of the department. In 1944 he was appointed adjunct professor of diplomatic history at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He retired in 1970 and was subsequently awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters by Tufts in 1981.
Professor Imlah published several articles focusing on economic history and wrote two books: Lord Ellenborough, Governor General of India and Economic Elements in the Pax Britannica.
His passionate interest in appropriate salary levels for college-level teachers led Professor Imlah to become active in the American Association of University Professors. From 1946–49, he served on the AAUP national council, and he chaired its Committee on the Economic Status of the Profession from 1948–58.
Professor Imlah is survived by a wife, two daughters, and four grandchildren.