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Obituary: Edwin Gere Jr., Professor Emeritus of Political Science

Dr. Edwin A. “Ed” Gere Jr. professor emeritus in Political Science at University of Massachusetts Amherst died on May 15, 2016 at the age of 93. Professor Gere spent 33 years on the faculty at UMass. He began his time with us, in 1957 serving as a member of the UMass Bureau of Government Research and later moving in to the Political Science Department. He retired from UMass in 1990.

Over the course of his teaching career, Professor Gere published more than 70 books and articles and taught courses on state, urban and metro politics, intergovernmental relations, comparative urban politics, and urban law. Professor Gere has earned several distinctions during his time at UMass including an award as a Legislative Service Fellow by the American Political Science Association (APSA) and having a scholarship, the Edwin A. Gere, Jr. Scholarship, established in his honor. Professor Gere also served as a founding member of the Massachusetts chapter of the ASPA and served as the Director of the Masters of Public Administration program at UMass.

In addition to his academic service, Professor Gere served in the Army as an air force pilot and fought in World War II where he received the Purple Heart for wounds received in combat, among other decorations.

For memorial service information and a full obituary, please visit the following page: Dr. Edwin A. “Ed” Gere Jr. (1922 – 2016)

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