The State Historical Society of Missouri is saddened by the death on January 8 of Alan R. Havig, a professor of history at Stephens College and also a historian of the Society and a longtime supporter. Havig was born August 26, 1940, in Litchfield, Minnesota, the son of Harold Rolf Havig and Blanche Sylvia (Peterson) Havig. He was married to Bettina (Baker) Havig for over 52 years. A celebration of Havig’s life will be held March 14, 11 a.m. at the Firestone Baars Chapel on the campus of Stephens College in Columbia.
Havig made numerous contributions to the State Historical Society over the course of his career. An active member of the Society, he served on the editorial advisory board for the Missouri Historical Review from the 1980s until 2017. He researched and wrote the 260-page book A Centennial History of the State Historical Society of Missouri, 1898–1998, and edited the anthology Filling Leisure Hours: Essays from the Missouri Historical Review, 1906–2006. In recognition of his extraordinary service and support, Havig received the Society’s Distinguished Service Award, its highest honor, in 2008.
In 2015, Stephens College honored him by creating the Alan R. Havig Award for Distinguished Service. The award is given to individuals who make a lasting and significant impact on the college. Havig joined the college’s faculty in 1967 after earning a PhD from the University of Missouri. He received Stephens College's Distinguished Teaching Award in 1985 and 1994, and its Distinguished Adviser Award in 1990. In 2002 Havig received the Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Havig is survived by his wife, Bettina; their daughter, Kirsten Havig of Laramie, Wyoming; and one sister, Margaret Daniher of Huntington Beach, California. Online condolences may be made on the Dignity Memorial website.