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James Robert Constantine, 93, of Austin, Texas, and formerly of Terre Haute, died May 25, 2017, at his home in Austin. Born in Jeffersonville, Ind., he attended Butler University briefly before his Army service in England during World War II. He attended Indiana University on the GI Bill, where he earned a doctorate in American history. He began his teaching career at Vincennes University and Indiana University South Bend. He retired in 1989 from Indiana State University's history faculty, where he specialized in the impact of Terre Haute native and four-time candidate for president on the Socialist ticket, Eugene V. Debs.
While at ISU, he was a founding member of the ISU Credit Union, as well as the Eugene V. Debs Foundation.
His wife, Velva, preceded him in death in 2009. He is survived by two daughters, Cassandra Howard (Steve) and Melissa Libal (George); and three grandsons, Aaron Brooks, Bryan Brooks, and Robert Libal; as well as three great-grandchildren.
A private memorial service will be held later. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Eugene V. Debs Foundation in Terre Haute.
Published on May 27, 2017
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