Chadron State College
Chadron State College

Former professor, Dewing, dies in Washington

Dec 9, 2020

Dr. Rolland Dewing

CHADRON – Dr. Rolland Dewing, a longtime Chadron State College professor and division chairman who also became well-known for his historical research and writing, died at his home in Renton, Washington, Saturday, Dec. 5. He was 86.

Dewing, his wife Deloris and their four children, moved to Chadron in 1969 after he was hired to teach history and become chairman of the Division of Social Science at the college. He was on the faculty 32 years and was the division chairman the first 18 years. After retiring in 2001, the Dewings returned to Washington where both had grown up.

Dewing was perhaps best known as the author of the 414-page book, “Wounded Knee: The Meaning and Significance of the Second Incident.” It was initially published in 1985 and was reprinted twice. 

Soon after completing the Wounded Knee book, Dewing was the lead author in researching and writing Chadron’s centennial history that was published in 1986. He also was the co-author of “A Pioneer’s Dream Come True,” a history of the Mirage Flats Irrigation Project, and wrote the Chadron Rotary Club’s history.

Deloris Dewing taught music in Chadron’s elementary schools for 24 years. 

A memorial service is planned for the spring. Survivors include their children Bridget, Dean, and Jim, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Dewing’s daughter, Amy, preceded him in death. 

—CSC College Relations

Dewing and Pope
Rolland Dewing speaks to Karen Pope, director of alumni and development, before delivering a speech at the Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center in September 2008. (Photo by Daniel Binkard/Chadron State College)