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Memorial Service for Betty Glad

A great many friends and colleagues attended a memorial service on Sunday, August 8, to remember and celebrate the life of Emerita Professor Betty Glad.  Betty joined the Department in 1989, and, at her retirement in 2008, held the Olin D. Johnston Professor of Political Science Distinguished Chair.  She enjoyed a long and very successful career.  She was an accomplished scholar, a committed teacher and influential mentor for many undergraduate and graduate students, and a leader in the profession.  She earned her PhD in 1962 at the University of Chicago, and taught for many years at the University of Illinois before coming to Carolina.  She was an expert on the American Presidency and on U.S. foreign policy and the author of many scholarly articles and books, including most recently An Outsider in the White House: Jimmy Carter, His Advisors, and the Making of American Foreign Policy (Cornell University Press, 2009).

Betty’s leadership in the profession went well beyond scholarship, and included in particular advancing the cause of women in the discipline.  She was a pioneer and role model for many women, and she was one of the first women in the discipline to attain national and international stature.  She won many awards for her scholarship and leadership, including the Frank D. Goodnow Award of the American Political Science Association for a lifetime of contributions and service to the discipline, and the Harold Lasswell Award of the International Society for Political Psychology for a lifetime of outstanding contributions to political psychology.  She served as President of the International Society for Political Psychology, President of the Presidency Research Section of the American Political Science Association, and Vice-President of the American Political Science Association.  As a member of this Department and the Carolina community, Betty served many positions, nurtured many students, and collaborated with many colleagues.  She will be missed.

Sunday, August 8, 2010