Born: August 27, 1911
Died: December 22, 1998
Ohio connection: Former Resident
Louis Filler, son of Pit and Sara (Kutcher) Filler, was born in Odessa, Russia, in 1911. He was married to Shulamith Burstein in 1937 and they had three children: Stuart, Victor, and Judith. They later divorced and Filler married Sheila Flaherty in 1964. The couple had four children: Stephen, Abby, Helen, and Jonathan. This marriage ended in divorce, and Filler married Saralee Howard in 1978. Filler received a B.A. from Temple University in 1934, and an M.A. (1941) and Ph.D. (1943), both from Columbia University. He worked as a historian for the American Council of Learned Societies, 1942-44, and as a research historian for the Office of the Quartermaster General in Washington, D.C., 1944-46. He taught at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, first as professor of American civilization from 1953 until 1976, and then as Distinguished University Professor of American Culture and Society, beginning in 1976. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Erlangen in Germany, 1979-80. Filler wrote many books on American history, culture, and politics. Some of his titles are: Crusaders for American Liberalism; The Crusade Against Slavery; A Dictionary of American Social Reform; The President Speaks: From William McKinley to Lyndon B. Johnson;Abolition and Social Justice in the Era of Reform; Dictionary of American Conservatism; and Distinguished Shades: Americans Whose Lives Live On. Louis Filler died in Tuesday, December 22, 1998 in Austin, Texas.
Fellow, Social Science Research Council and American Council of Learned Societies, 1953-54; Ohioana Book Award in nonfiction, 1961, for Crusade against Slavery.