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Alan Rosenthal

Alan Rosenthal, 81, passed away on July 10, 2013.

Rosenthal was a member of the Rutgers faculty at the Eagleton Institute of Politics from 1966 until his death, and served as director of the institute from 19741994. He was a professor in the Department of Political Science and a member of the faculty for the graduate programs in public policy at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.

Rosenthal graduated from Harvard College in 1953 and earned his M.P.A. in 1958 and his Ph.D. degree in 1961 from Princeton University.

Author of more than a dozen books and hundreds of chapters, papers, articles, and monographs, Rosenthal was the nation's leading scholar of state legislatures, renowned both for studying and teaching about their workings and for consulting in at least 35 states to improve their functioning. He established and directed Eagleton's Center for State Legislative Research and Service, was instrumental in the development of the National Conference of State Legislatures, and worked closely with the State Legislative Leaders Foundation and the Council of State Governments. The recipient of many awards for his academic achievement and public service, Rosenthal was honored with the American Political Science Association's Charles E. Merriam Award, a career achievement award from the National Conference of State Legislatures, and the New Jersey Governor's Award for Public Service.

Devoted to his students and to building Eagleton's graduate and undergraduate programs, Rosenthal maintained lifelong relationships with many institute alumni. He shared with them his love of politics and a faith in government as an institution. As a champion of representative democracy, he instilled in them a respect for government service.

The Eagleton Institute will hold a celebration of the career and life of Professor Alan Rosenthal on Sunday, September 22 at 1 p.m. at Nicholas Music Center, Rutgers-New Brunswick. This is a public gathering and all are welcome. The program will be followed by a reception at Eagleton.
RSVP is requested at or 732/932-9384 x 331.

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