Academic journal article Air Power History

Stuart I. Rochester, 1945-2009

Academic journal article Air Power History

Stuart I. Rochester, 1945-2009

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Dr. Stuart I. Rochester, sixty-three, Historian of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, died on July 29, 2009, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

He graduated magna cum laude from Loyola College (Baltimore) in 1966; attended the University of Virginia, earning a master's degree (1966) and Ph.D. (1973) in history; and served as a Ford Foundation Scholar, Du Pont Fellow, and National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow. Dr. Rochester taught at Loyola College, from 1970 to 1980. At Loyola, he published two books, Takeoff at Mid-Century: Federal Civil Aviation Policy in the Eisenhower Years (1976) and American Liberal Disillusionment in the Wake of World War I (1977), which won a Phi Alpha Theta Manuscript Award.

In 1980, Dr. Rochester accepted a position as a staff historian with the Historical Office of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, where he worked for nearly thirty years, becoming Deputy OSD Historian in 1987 and OSD Historian in 2008. He made critical contributions to nearly every book and study the OSD Historical Office completed between 1980 and 2009. He served as principal editor for the OSD History Series and DoD Special Studies Series, and chief editor of the Public Statements of the Secretary of Defense. …

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