Beloved Augusta historian dies

By: Shalah Sasse Email
By: Shalah Sasse Email

News 12 at 11, September 8, 2007

Augusta native Dr. Ed Cashin died early Saturday morning in an Atlanta hospital, after collapsing two days ago while researching for his next book in Atlanta. His family told News 12 he had an aneurysm and passed away early this morning. He was 80 years old.

Dr. Cashin was known as Augusta's historian. He was the History Department Chair at Augusta State University from 1975-1996 and founded ASU's Center for the Study of Georgia History.

Friends called him an active scholar, a mentor, a good friend, and colleague to people on campus and in the community. Dr. Cashin did history works on the education system, the aviation system, and on the canal. He wrote more than 20 books and the last two are still at press.

"He was actively involved up until a few days before he died and so it came as a shock. You know it's one thing when someone has an illness or condition thats been prolonged over time but it's another thing when a person is actively involved with research. I think when he died he was doing active research," Augusta State University Assistant Professor of History, Michael Searles said.

Friends and colleagues describe Dr. Cashin as a fine person who will truly be missed.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 1:00 at Saint Mary on the Hill Catholic Church in Augusta.

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