Academic journal article Presidential Studies Quarterly

From the Editor

Academic journal article Presidential Studies Quarterly

From the Editor

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On October 31, 2003, the nation lost its preeminent student of the American presidency when Richard Elliott Neustadt died at the age of 84. A giant in the field of American politics and a loyal friend, a selfless colleague, and an irreplaceable intellectual leader, he was beloved by more than two generations of students and colleagues. As a scholar, Neustadt wanted his research and writing to be useful to practitioners, while contributing to political science. As a teacher, he sought to train others for public service. There can be no doubt that he achieved all these goals. The most influential figure in the study of the presidency for more than four decades, his insights about governing, his dedication to public service, his extraordinary decency, and his personal example provide a lasting legacy. Richard Neustadt enriched our lives and our profession, and we are much the worse for losing him. As a tribute to Dick, I have asked Martha Kumar, Stephen Wayne, and John Kessel to write about various aspects of his life and career. …

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