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In Memoriam - Chadwick Alger

In Memoriam - Chadwick Alger

ISA mourns the passing of long-time member and former president Chadwick Alger, a distinguished scholar and pioneer in the field of peace studies. This obituary appeared in The Columbus Dispatch upon his death on February 15th:

Chadwick Fairfax Alger. Born in Chambersburg, PA, October 9, 1924, died February 15, 2014 in Columbus, OH. Volunteered and served from 1943-46 in US Navy as a PBM Mariner patrol bomber radioman in the Pacific. Attended Ursinus College, Collegeville, NJ 1946-49 where he met Elinor Reynolds, marrying in 1948. Military service generated an interest in international relations and he continued his education with an MA from Johns Hopkins in 1950. After four years with the Navy as an intelligence analyst, returned to academia at Princeton, earning a PhD in 1957. Professor of political science at Northwestern University from 1958-71, distinguishing himself with study of the UN system and peace research. Alger joined the faculty of Ohio State University in 1971 as Mershon Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, continuing to teach and write for over 40 years. In addition to numerous books and over 100 articles on the UN System, peace building, and conflict resolution, he is a past president of the International Studies Association among many other organizational affiliations. He enjoyed Columbus culture, and cherished weekends with his wife of 64 years at their farm in Gratiot, Ohio. In recent years he has enjoyed reunions with members of his PBM Squadron. Survived by children, Mark (Rebecca), Scott, Laura (Rich) Carter and Craig; and grandchildren, Ryan Alger and Chad, Ross and Sam Carter. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Messages and inquiries may be sent to his family via his daughter Laura at

We thank his sister Laura Carter for sharing her memories with us and we encourage our members to share their memories below using the comments link. 

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Roberto Duran
Sunday, March 16, 2014 6:33 PM
So sad in knowing Dr. Alger pass away in February 2014. A great scholar, an extremely kindly person.

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