Professor Emeritus Gerard Braunthal, born Dec. 27, 1923 in Gera, Germany, died peacefully Oct. 26, 2014, with his sons at his side, in Amherst Mass. Jewish refugees from the Nazis, his family came to the U.S. in 1936. He joined the political science faculty at the University of Massachusetts in September, 1954, was appointed full Professor of Political Science in 1967. He taught comparative government, U.S. foreign policy, and international organization and law. His special focus in the discipline was the German political system. He retired in 1988 as Prof.