UW-Stout political science professor dies

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MENOMONIE, Wis. (WEAU) -- A university community is mourning the loss of a history and political science professor.

Associate Professor Alec Kirby died unexpectedly on Monday. Kirby worked at UW-Stout's Social Science Department, where he served for 23 years. He won the department's last election for department chair, and taught courses on U.S. History, U.S. Politics, African-American History, and History of the Vietnam War. The university says Kirby was popular on campus, and treasured in the classroom. Kirby also gave expert analysis of the 2010 State of the Union speech in a story aired on WEAU 13 News.

Kirby was 51. The university's website does not say how he died. An obituary says that his funeral is on Saturday.