Early York Professor Dies

The York College name is in the news this week in connection with the death of Dr. Richard G. Doty, York's first Latin American History specialist, who has died at the age of 71.

According to Dr. Robert Parmet (Department of History and Philosophy) Dr. Doty left York after one year, to accept a position at the University of Guam. He later pursued a career as a numismatist, a field in which, judging by the number of book titles he published, was stellar.

At the time of his death, Doty, according to an announcement, was senior numismatic curator at the Smithsonian Museum. The museum's announcement says Doty joined the staff in 1986, "revolutionizing numismatic research by illustrating poignant human stories reflected in objects from the National Numismatic Collection."

The announcement says Doty was also curator with the American Numismatic Society in New York City from 1974 to 1976, serving as curator of the Modern Coins and Currency Department. Among his many professional achievements was a Fulbright Fellowship to the University of Madrid, Spain in 1964.

"It is evidence that history majors have interesting and rewarding occupational options other than teaching or writing their subject," said Dr. Parmet.

Born in Portland, Oregon in 1942, Dr. Doty earned a B.A. in history from Portland State University in 1964 and the PhD in Latin-American Studies from the University of Southern California in 1968.

Dr. Doty is reported to have died of lymphoma on Sunday morning, June 2nd.  Among his books were:

  • Richard G. Doty, America's Money, America's Story (Krause Publications, 1998; 2nd ed., Whitman, 2008).
  • Richard G. Doty, Coins of the World (Bantam, 1976).
  • Richard G. Doty, The Macmillan Encyclopedic Dictionary of Numismatics (Macmillan, 1982).
  • Richard G. Doty, Money of the World (Grosset & Dunlap, 1978).
  • Richard G. Doty, Pictures From A Distant Country: Seeing America Through Old Paper Money (Whitman Publishing, 2013).