In Memoriam

100322152e-2Susan J. Tolchin
(1941 – 2016)

Susan Tolchin, University Professor Emerita, passed away on May 18, at the age of 75. She retired from Mason in 2014 after 16 years as the most senior woman faculty member in the School of Public Policy. In 2007, she was the first woman in the history of George Mason University to be promoted to the rank of University Professor.

Professor Tolchin was the author of 10 books, eight of which were co-authored with her husband, Martin Tolchin. Their books were noted for scholarly depth while being written in a style that made them widely accessible to a broad public audience. One of her solo books, The Angry American, published in 1996, is considered to be among the first scholarly analyses of the public’s anger toward government and the implications for the future of political discourse.

Professor Tolchin served on the national board of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and was an elected fellow and board member of the National Academy of Public Administration. Among several awards she received, Professor Tolchin was especially proud of the Founders Day Award at New York University, the Marshall Dimock Award from the American Society for Public Administration for the best lead article in the Public Administration Review for 1996, and the Trachtenberg Award for Research from George Washington University.

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Seymour Martin Lipset

Seymour Martin Lipset, Eminent Scholar and Virginia E. Hazel and John T. Hazel Jr. Professor Emeritus of Public Policy since 2004 and one of the most respected and acclaimed social scientists in the United States, died Dec. 31 at Virginia Hospital Center of complications from a stroke. He was 84.

Lipset came to Mason in 1990 as the Hazel Professor of Public Policy. Among scholars throughout the United States, his appointment was considered by many to be a major coup. Mason’s then Institute of Public Policy was in its infancy and had not yet established itself as one of the university’s major research engines and an academic entity held in high regard. Lipset’s appointment gave the school immense credibility and helped set the tone that it was a scholarly force to be reckoned with.

Read the full story: Remembering Professor Emeritus Seymour Martin Lipset

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John Nelson Warfield

John N. Warfield, Professor Emeritus of Public Policy and Integrative Studies, passed away on November 17 in Sheffield, Alabama.

A prolific scholar, Warfield held two patents and wrote eight books and numerous papers. Among his many honors, Warfield received IEEE’s Third Millennium Medal, an award that recognizes “individuals whose outstanding contributions made a difference to the engineering profession and to the world in general.”

In 2001, Warfield donated his papers to Mason. The papers are housed in University Libraries Special Collections and Archives and have been digitized.

Read the full story: Remembering Professor Warfield

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Don Lavoie

Don Lavoie, David H. and Charles G. Koch chair of economics in the School of Public Policy, died of cancer Tuesday, November 6, 2001.

A member of George Mason’s faculty since 1980, Lavoie, 50, enjoyed a reputation as being one of the university’s leading innovators in teaching methods, developing new ways to use software to enhance the learning experience of his students. He was a two-time recipient of George Mason’s Distinguished Faculty Award.

Kingsley Haynes, director of the School of Public Policy, praised Lavoie’s contributions to the university. “Don was a gifted and passionate teacher who was respected and admired by his students and colleagues,” he said.

Lavoie’s research focused on the use of knoweldge in economics and organizational contexts. He is best known as author of two books published in 1985, Rivalry and Central Planning and National Economic Planning: What is Left? Most recently, Lavoie wrote Culture and Enterprise: the Development, Representation, and Morality of Business.

A resident of Manassas, Lavoie is survived by his wife, Mary, and their three children, John, 16; Mark, 14; and Gabriella, 8.

This article originally appeared in The Mason Gazette (now Mason News) on November 7, 2001.

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John Petersen

Professor John Petersen passed away on Wednesday, April 4. Dr. Petersen was an expert on public finance, international finance and financial institutions. He had a long and distinguished career with the School of Public Policy at George Mason University.

Before he joined George Mason University, Dr. Petersen held positions in a number of government, trade and private organizations, where he served as an advocate and advisor to the municipal bond industry.

Most recently, he had been appointed as a public member of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board, which is responsible for regulating banks and securities dealers in the industry. Dr. Petersen also wrote a regular column on “Finance” for Governing magazine. His students and colleagues will miss his insight and camaraderie.


Jim Regan
(1936 – 2013)

Jim Regan, program director of the Virginia Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP), passed away on Tuesday, April 30. The program, which operates within the Mason Enterprise Center, guides and assists small businesses in the Northern, Central and Hampton Road areas of Virginia to contract with federal, state and local government. Under his direction, the program helped businesses obtain more than 5,500 government contracts totaling more than $5 billion.

Prior to joining George Mason University’s PTAP, Regan held senior business development management positions at Unisys, CSC and IBM.
He was a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, where he earned an MS in computer systems management. He served active duty as a naval aviator and retired from the Naval Reserve with the rank of captain.

Frances Harbour

Frances V. Harbour
(1953 – 2013)

Dr. Frances V. Harbour has taught international relations courses at George Mason since 1990. These have ranged from American Foreign Policy, International Security, and the History of Chemical and Biological Weapons Arms Control, to International Relations Theory and International Ethics. She is the author of Thinking about International Ethics: Moral Theory and American Foreign Policy, as well as numerous articles on international ethics, and on arms control. She is a former director of the Biodefense Masters and Ph.D. Programs at GMU.



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