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Ambassador Robert Strausz-Hupé | Mr. Fred Ford

Ambassador Robert Strausz-Hupé,
Founder of Foreign Policy Research Institute

The Honorable Dr. Robert Strausz-Hupé, emeritus professor of political science, former director of the Foreign Policy Research Institute, former ambassador to Sri Lanka (1970-1972), Belgium (1972-1974), Sweden (1974-1976), and NATO (1977-1981), Turkey (1981-1989) and author, died on February 24, at the age of 98 at his home in Newtown Square, PA.

Dr. Strausz-Hupé was born in 1903 in Vienna, Austria, and came to the U.S. in 1923. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Penn in 1946 and became associate professor in the same year. He founded the Foreign Policy Research Institute at Penn in 1955. While at the Institute he was the editor of the Institute's journal Orbis. He remained the Institute's director until 1969 when he was named Ambassador to Sri Lanka. The Institute severed its ties with Penn that year and but remains located in Philadelphia.

Dr. Strausz-Hupé served under former presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, and Ronald Reagan.

Dr. Strausz-Hupé was also an author whose titles include: Geopolitics: The Struggle for Space and Power (1942), The Balance of Tomorrow: Power and Foreign Policy in The United States (1945), Protracted Conflict (1959), My Time (1969), and Democracy and Foreign Policy: Reflections on the Legacy of Alexis de Tocqueville (1995).

He is survived by his wife Mayrose; a stepson from his first marriage, Joe Walker; three stepchildren form his second marriage, Ingrid Nugara, Cynthia Knight, and Ricky Nugara. Memorial donations may be made to the Foreign Policy Research Institute, 1528 Walnut St., Suite 610, Philadelphia, PA 19102.

Ambassador Robert Strausz-Hupé | Mr. Fred Ford

Fred Ford, Retired Personnel Director

Fred C. Ford, retired director of personnel, died on February 12, at the age of 90.

Mr. Ford was raised in Turtle Creek, PA and received his bachelor's degree from Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon), and a masters in education from the University of Pittsburgh. He served in the Army during World War II in the adjutant general's office and after his discharge earned his Ph.D. in education from the University of Pittsburgh in 1950.

Mr. Ford was the director of personnel and associate professor of education at the University of Mississippi at Oxford before coming to Penn in 1952 as the associate director of personnel. He was appointed director of personnel in 1954 and he taught statistics at Wharton. He retired as director of personnel in 1973, but continued to lecture at Wharton's Evening School until 1984.

He is survived by his wife, Christina Allan Ford; two sons, Fred and Allan; a daughter, Jeannie Dissette; and a granddaughter.

Ambassador Robert Strausz-Hupé | Mr. Fred Ford

Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 25, March 5, 2002


March 5, 2002
Volume 48 Number 25

Rising health care costs and Penn's health care benefits compared to others in Philadelphia and nationally.
The Lee Center for Criminology will create a computerized offender tracking system to help law enforcement.
Penn Police has a procedure for filing complaints against police but the UA recommends the creation of a Community Review Board.
What's in a name? The new prek-8 school wants input.
ISC Networking and Telecommunications service and rate changes go into effect July including the elimination of the Express Modem Pool.