Eugene Lunn (1941-90)
William W. Hagen, November 1990
Eugene Lunn, professor in the University of California, Davis Department of History since 1970, died on March 14 at the age of 48.
Dr. Lunn was born on September 24, 1941, in Brooklyn, NY. In 1962 he was graduated from Brandeis University and in 1968 he received the Ph.D. from Berkeley. After teaching two years at Reed College, he joined the Davis faculty as a modern European intellectual and cultural historian. Dr. Lunn wrote two books of major importance: Prophet of Community: The Romantic Socialism of Gustav Landauer and Marxism and Modernism: An Historical Study of Lukàcs, Brecht, Benjamin and Adorno.
In recent years, Professor Lunn had been working on a study of the debates among critical intellectuals in Germany, England, France, and the United States over the socio-political significance and aesthetic value of 20th-century popular culture.
In remembrance of Dr. Lunn, the Davis History Department will sponsor, in his name, an annual lecture by a distinguished scholar on an important theme in contemporary historiography.
William W. Hagen
University of California, Davis