AASU asst. dean of College of Liberal Arts killed in crash

Published: Oct. 9, 2013 at 7:15 PM EDT|Updated: Nov. 8, 2013 at 8:15 PM EST
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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The assistant dean of the College of Liberal Arts and history professor at Armstrong Atlantic State University was killed Sunday night in a car crash.

Mark Finlay was an award-winning author and received many awards including the university's Alumni Award for Distinguished Faculty Service to the Academic Discipline and the Georgia Board of Regents' Teaching Excellence Award, according to a university news release. He joined Armstrong in 1992.

Finlay was the author of "Growing American Rubber: Strategic Plants and the Politics of National Security". His book earned the Theodore Saloutos Memorial Prize for best book published in the field of agricultural history, according to AASU.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the Fine Arts Auditorium on campus.

Laura Barrett, dean of Armstrong's College of Liberal Arts, issued a statement about Finlay's death:

"This is a tremendous loss for the Armstrong family. Mark was a valued colleague with a true love of research and a strong commitment to interdisciplinary learning. He was a passionate scholar and a devoted professor who shared his knowledge with his students, fellow historians and the Savannah community. We share our deepest condolences with Dr. Finlay's family, colleagues and friends."

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