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In memoriam: Former Professor George Sulzner dies October 28

By Jesse Rhodes:

We are extremely saddened to report the passing of George Sulzner, a long-time faculty member in the Department of Political Science at UMass, on October 28.

Sulzner served in the department for four decades before retiring in 2006. During this period, he served as department chair, as well as in many other important roles. Sulzner also taught a wide range of courses in American government and politics, public administration, and Canadian government. He was the author of several books and numerous articles on American Politics, Massachusetts Politics, Canadian Politics, Public Administration, and Civil Service Labor Relations. Sulzner was a renowned expert on Canadian Politics, and was the recipient of the 2011 Donner Medal presented by the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States (ACSUS) for distinguished achievement, scholarship, and program innovation in the area of Canadian Studies in the United States. In 2009, Sulzner also received a 20/20 Vision Award from ACSUS in recognition of extraordinary vision and distinguished performance. During his career, Sulzner held numerous leadership positions in important Canadian Studies organizations. In 1987, he was Director of the Five College Consortium in Canadian Studies; from 1993-1997, he was Councilor of ACSUS; From 1994-1998, he was President of the Middle Atlantic and New England Council for Canadian Studies; from 2001-2005, he was Vice President and President of ACSUS; and from 2005-2007, he was President of ACSUS.

Sulzner played a central role in the life of the Department of Political Science over several decades. He was a strong leader, valued colleague, and kind friend. He will be sorely missed. My condolences to my colleagues during this difficult time.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, November 9, at 1 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House at 121 North Pleasant Street in Amherst. A reception will follow. Memorial contributions may be made to Craig's Doors shelter or the Unitarian Universalist Music Fund.

Obituary from the Gazette.

You can also read here a statement by Maureen Turner, communications manager, School of Public Policy.


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