College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Hal Wohl

  • History

    In Memoriam - Emeritus Professor of History




    Professor Emeritus Harold (Hal) Wohl, 90, died peacefully of natural causes on November 20, 2020.

    Accepted into the Honors Program at the University of Iowa, Hal moved to the Midwest to study a number of subjects before embracing the study of American intellectual history. His studies were interrupted, however, when he was drafted into the army and sent to post-World War II occupied Germany.

    Returning to the USA, he completed his doctorate and came to Cedar Falls to teach at the University of Northern Iowa. There he taught American history, the philosophy of history, and colonial America. He also met Jean Lund, and his life as a bachelor came to an end. She became the love of his life. Together they raised her nephew, Justin. They made several trips to Russia, where Hal taught American history and Jean taught English in St. Petersburg. In retirement, the two of them enjoyed travel, especially ocean cruises.

    Hal remained very active in retirement, making many friends who took the classes he taught for UNI’s Lifelong Learning University and Wartburg College’s Keep on Learning Program. The subjects he taught ranged from espionage to Sherlock Holmes. On top of this, Hal was well known for his brilliant presentations on religious topics for the Cedar Valley Canterbury Forum.

    Donations in Hal’s honor can be made to the UNI History Department, https://foundation.uni.edu