UChicago community to honor Friedrich Katz at April 29 memorial service

A service to remember Friedrich Katz, recognized as the foremost scholar of Mexican history of his time, will be held at 10 a.m. April 29 at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel.

A lunch reception will be held after the service. Following lunch, there will be a special screening of The Storm that Swept Mexico, a film that chronicles the Mexican Revolution and the lives of its most prominent figures, and for which Katz, the Morton D. Hull Distinguished Service Professor in History, was a key consultant. A question-and-answer session with the filmmakers will follow.

Katz died of cancer Oct. 16, 2010 at the age of 83. A professor of history at UChicago for four decades, Katz may be best known for his magisterial account of the Mexican Revolution, which brought Mexican history out of the stuff of legend and onto the world stage of great revolutions and modern social upheavals.

Katz was invited to teach at Chicago in 1971, and under his leadership, the University became the leading center for Mexican historical studies in the United States.

More information on the services and Katz’s life is available at http://mexicanstudies.uchicago.edu/friedrichkatz/memorialservice.shtml.