ASU mourns loss of Dr. Stuart Hilwig


The Adams State University campus is saddened by a weekend tragedy. Dr. Stuart Hilwig, Adams State University professor of history, was killed in an auto accident in northern New Mexico. His wife, Dr. Stephanie Hilwig, Adams State associate professor of sociology, was not in the vehicle; however, their two young children were injured.

Adams State President David Svaldi said, “Our deepest sympathies go out to Dr. Stephanie Hilwig and Stuart's entire family, as well as our students and colleagues who are grieving.”

Students in classes of either Stuart or Stephanie Hilwig are asked to attend the class meetings, where more information will be provided.

Individual and group counseling sessions are available for any student or employee in need. Pleases contact Counseling Services at 587-7746, RH 220. Anyone may drop in at any time to talk with a counselor.

Stuart Hilwig earned his B.A. from Vanderbilt University in 1991 and a Ph.D. in history from Ohio State University in 2000. Raised in Allentown, Penna., he became interested in European History due to experiences as an exchange student to Germany and while working for Sicilian immigrants in a pizzeria. He joined the Adams State faculty in 2000. He and his wife, Dr. Stephanie Hilwig, Adams State associate professor of sociology, have three children. His book Italy and 1968: Youthful Unrest and Democratic Culture was published in 2009 by Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Updates regarding memorials and arrangements will be posted on the Adams State homepage as they become available.

By Julie Waechter