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Former politics chair dies at age 100

Princeton NJ -- Political scientist George Graham, a 28-year faculty member at Princeton who went on to hold leadership positions at the Brookings Institution and the National Academy of Public Administration, died Feb. 25 in Chapel Hill, N.C. He was 100.

Graham was a faculty member in Princeton’s politics department from 1930 to 1958, serving as chair from 1946 to 1949 and from 1952 to 1955. He played a role in the establishment of the graduate professional program in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 1948. He also put his scholarship in politics and public administration to work as an administrator for several state and federal government agencies during the 1940s and 1950s.

After leaving Princeton, Graham served as director of the public affairs program for the Ford Foundation (1956-57), as director of governmental studies at the Brookings Institution (1958-67) and as a founding fellow and the first executive director of the National Academy of Public Administration (1967-72). He concluded his career at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., as a professor of public administration, transferring to emeritus status in 1985 at age 80.

In 1994, Graham and Frederic Cleaveland, who earned his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1951, formed the “Plato Loft,” a bi-weekly discussion forum in Chapel Hill modeled on Princeton seminars. Its members included former students and colleagues and retired diplomats.