Albert N. Hamscher passed away June 6th at the Good Shepherd Hospice in Manhattan.

Al Hamscher was born in Philadelphia August 19, 1946.

Because his parents Florence and Albert N. Hamscher JR could not further their education (it was the Depression), they insisted he went to the best schools. So he studied at Philadelphia Central High, an Academic school from which he obtained a B.A. He received his B.A. from Penn State University and his Ph.D. from Emory University.

He arrived at Kansas State University in 1972, and since then has been teaching, and writing about French history and the history of American cemeteries. As a teacher he received many awards, and he was internationally known specialist of French 17th century. He was particularly proud, in chronological order: of being part of the softball team that won the Intramural Championship in 1984-85, being a member of the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton), receiving the Kenneth S. Davis Professor of History Chair, named Honorary Sergeant of the US Army, and in 2019 chosen as a Friend of the 97th M.P. Battalion.

He will be deeply missed by his wife, Claire. L. Dehon, his friends from the brewery, his golf pals, and his cats.

Private services were held with burial in the Sunrise Cemetery in Manhattan.

Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at

Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to either the T. Russell Reitz Animal Shelter or the Kansas State University Foundation for the Florence Hamscher Fund. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

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