John Ahtes, Adjunct Faculty Member at Immaculata University and Duffy’s Cut Collaborator, Dies
For: The Irish Edition
The Immaculata University community mourns the death of Wallingford, PA, resident John H. Ahtes, III. Mr. Ahtes served as an adjunct faculty member at Immaculata since 2002 where he taught history and theology.
In addition to his academic contributions to Immaculata University, Mr. Ahtes was a vital team member of the Duffy´s Cut Project along with William E. Watson, Ph.D., professor of History at Immaculata University. Dr. Watson and Mr. Ahtes, alongside other project leaders, have dedicated the past six years to unraveling the mystery of 57 Irish railroad workers who died of Cholera in 1832. They are buried in a mass grave near the campus of Immaculata University, where a Pennsylvania State Historical marker was dedicated in 2004. Coined Duffy´s Cut because of the railroad contractor, Philip Duffy, who employed the Irish immigrants, the project has generated worldwide media attention.
With a dedication and strong commitment to the Duffy´s Cut Project, Mr. Ahtes and Dr. Watson spent countless hours conducting interviews for international, national, and regional media outlets. In addition, they also made presentations to various organizations and educational institutions to raise awareness about Duffy´s Cut. For several years, they co-taught a one-credit course at Immaculata University called the Legend of Duffy´s Cut. In 2006, a book, "The Ghosts of Duffy´s Cut," was published with Mr. Ahtes as a co-author. He also provided commentary for a 2006 documentary, The Ghosts of Duffy´s Cut, which aired in Ireland in 2007 to much acclaim.
Earning both his undergraduate and master´s degree in History from the University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Ahtes was working toward his Ph.D. in History from the University of Pennsylvania. During his academic career, he has taught at the University of Pennsylvania where he served as the personal research assistant for then-visiting professor Conor Cruise O´Brien. In addition, he also taught at Drexel University, and St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.
Mr. Ahtes was a historical expert in European history (1100-1800), Early Modern Spain, Irish history, Colonial Latin America, and the Catholic world (1500-2000). Dr. Watson commented that "John is a Catholic historian of the highest integrity."
Immaculata University, a Catholic, coeducational institution, is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of the intersection of routes 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.
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