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Brian Armstrong, professor emeritus of history

Thursday, June 2, 2011 – Ann Claycombe

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Brian Armstrong, professor emeritus of history at Georgia State University, died last week at the age of 74. Armstrong taught at GSU for 31 years, serving as department chair and assistant dean during his career.

Armstrong originally intended to become a preacher, going so far as to get a degree at the Princeton Theological Seminary. But he changed tracks, becoming instead a renowned scholar on John Calvin and the Reformation. Eventually, he served as the president of the Calvin Studies Society, the Sixteenth Century Studies Society and the International Congress for Calvin Research.

Armstrong retired from GSU in 1998 when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. He was still working on several writing projects when he died.

His funeral will be held at 2 p.m. today at the McConnell Memorial Baptist Church in Hiawassee. Survivors include his wife Carol Demarest Armstrong; his sons Brett and Curt Armstrong; brothers Kent and Larry Armstrong; sister Bonnie Montgomery; and seven grandchildren.

Dr. Brian Armstrong