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Michael Gannon, Ph.D., Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of History, University of Florida
Born in Oklahoma, Dr. Gannon attended high school in St. Augustine and now holds graduate degrees from Catholic University in Washington, D.C., the Université de Louvain in Belgium and the University of Florida. Two of his books, Rebel Bishop (1964, reprinted 1997) and The Cross in the Sand (1965, reprinted 1999) treat the early history of the Catholic Church in the state. In a 36-year teaching career at UF, he taught more than 16,000 students. In June 1990, the king of Spain, Juan Carlos I, conferred on him the highest academic award of that country, Knight Commander of the Order of Isabel la Catolica. In 2004, he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Florida Historical Society. Dr. Gannon is an appointed member of the federal St. Augustine 450th Commemoration Commission.
Kathleen Deagan, Ph.D.,
Dr. Deagan is Distinguished Research Curator Emerita, Florida Museum of Natural History; Lockwood Professor of Florida and Caribbean Archaeology; and Adjunct Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the University of Florida. Her publications include co-editing From Santa Elena to St. Augustine: Indigenous Ceramic Variability A.D. 1400-1700 (2009); Archaeology at America’s First European Town: La Isabela, 1493-1498 (2002); and La Isabela: Columbus’s Outpost Among the Tainos 1493-1498 (2002). She has received the Florida Anthropological Society Ripley P. Bullen Award, the Society for American Archaeology J.C. Harrington Award for Distinguished Lifetime Contributions to Historical Archaeology, and the Society for American Archaeology Presidential Recognition Award for her work on the National Historic Landmarks Committee.