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Ronald M. Stout.

Ronald M. Stout, professor emeritus of political science at the State University of New York, Albany, died on February 1, 1998.

Born in Indiana, Pennsylvania, he received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from Syracuse University, served in the U S. Army Counterintelligence Corps from 1941 to 1946, and remained in the Army Reserve, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1979.

He served as an instructor at Syracuse University from 1946 to 1948 when he was appointed an assistant professor at Colgate University. He became a professor at Colgate in 1959. He also served as the coordinator of the New York State Public Administration Program from 1956 to 1958, research associate of the New York State Commission to Revise the Social Welfare Law, and research associate of the State Joint Legislative Committee on Metropolitan Areas in 1959-60.

In 1962, he became a professor of political science in the Graduate School of Public Affairs of the State University of New York and subsequently was elected chairman of the faculty. The Graduate School, organized on the basis of faculty membership in two of three program areas, subsequently was merged with the State University of New York, Albany. He became the first chairman of the newly organized department of political science following the merger. Retiring in 1984, Stout continued to offer a seminar on administrative law until the early 1990s and served on Ph.D. dissertation advisory committees at the time of his death. His colleagues honored him by designating the premier graduate award the Ronald M Stout Fellowship.

A specialist in public law and state and local government, he published The New York Farm Labor Camps: 1940-1946 in 1953, The Broome County Airport Cases in 1961, Local Government In-Service Training in 1968, and Administrative Law in Ireland in 1985. The latter is the standard reference work on the subject.

A dedicated teacher, Stout was admired by both undergraduate and graduate students. He carefully critiqued their papers, essays, and dissertations by writing detailed, constructive comments to improve the methodology, organization, and substantive content of the writings. Upon request, he always was willing to review and offer constructive comments on the drafts written by colleagues. He treated everyone - students, faculty, colleagues, staff with kindness, dignity, and respect. Ronald M. Stout epitomized the values associated with being a scholar and a gentlemen. His passing leaves a great void in the Graduate School of Public Affairs.

Joseph F Zimmerman Martin Edelman State University of New York, Albany

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Title Annotation:political science professor
Author:Zimmerman, Joseph F.; Edelman, Martin
Publication:PS: Political Science & Politics
Article Type:Obituary
Date:Jun 1, 1998
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