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Remembering Albert Berger

Albert Berger with Tom DiLorenzo
Professor Albert Berger (right) with former Provost Tom DiLorenzo. UND archival image.

Albert Berger, retired professor of history, died Friday, Dec. 1, in Grand Forks. He was 76.

A faculty member from 1987 to 2019, Berger taught courses in U.S. military and diplomatic history – most notably focusing on the Vietnam War, nuclear weapons and modern conflicts.

Berger was also appointed to four three-year terms as a member of the North Dakota State Historical Board starting in 2001, including as president from 2007 to 2009.

His first book, “The Magic That Works: John W. Campbell and the American Response to Technology,” published in 1993, won the J. Lloyd Eaton Prize in 1995. Berger also published “The Life and Times of the Atomic Bomb: Nuclear Weapons and the Transformation of War” in 2016, as well as many articles in his areas of research.

Pamela Knudson of the Grand Forks Herald wrote a feature on Berger’s dedicated service to UND, including remarks from past and current faculty. It is available to read on the Grand Forks Herald website.