Vol. 41, No. 5, Winter 2000

Former IGS Director, Dwight Waldo Passes Away

Dwight Waldo

Dwight Waldo, who served as director of the Institute of Governmental Studies from 1958 to 1967 and was a towering figure in the field of public administration for five decades, died at his home in Falls Church, Virginia, on Friday, October 27. He was 87.

Born in DeWitt, Nebraska, Waldo earned a B.A. from Nebraska State Teachers College and an M.A. from the University of Nebraska. After receiving his Ph.D. from Yale University, Waldo worked as an analyst at the OPA and the Office of the President. He joined the Berkeley faculty in 1946 and taught at the University of Syracuse from 1967 until his retirement in 1979.

When Waldo came to IGS in 1958, it was still the Bureau of Public Administration. He changed the name in 1962 as the emphasis shifted from work for appointments, provided research assistants and support to faculty, and commissioned monographs and research papers. The publishing program grew, and IGS became a university center of public policy work and a bridge to state and local government.

Editor-in-chief of the Public Administration Review for 11 years, Waldo was a long-time leader in the profession. He was referred to as the profession's resident philosopher-historian.

"Those in our field fall into two groups on the question of Waldo the person," noted Frank Marini in a 1993 article on Waldo in the Public Administration Review, "those who think he is a great gentleman, and those who do not know him." Waldo's friends at IGS are pleased to be among the former.

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