John L. Eiklor
HistoryIn Memoriam - Emeritus Professor of History
John L. Eiklor was a professor of humanities and history at UNI for twenty-eight years. He was loved and respected by his colleagues and students and was regarded as a master teacher. He was named "Professor of the Year" in Iowa by an education council in 1991. He died in 1992 at the age of 65.
He was born in Chicago in 1927, but grew up in New York. He served in the Navy during the World War II. Before coming to UNI in 1963, Eiklor was an instructor in an over-seas program, which took him to several foreign countries. Dr. John Eiklor had been recognized as 1991 Iowa Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). This national professional organization annually honors one college or university professor from each state for teaching excellence, and for influencing the lives and careers of their students. "This is a great honor for Dr. Eiklor and for the University," said Nancy Marlin, vice president and provost. "UNI takes justifiable pride in its great tradition of high quality teaching, and it is wonderful to have this quality nationally recognized. Professor Eiklor is truly a master teacher."
He received his B. A. from Wichita State University in 1951, and his M. A. and Ph. D. degrees from Northwestern University, in 1953 and 1963, respectively.