[Faculty] In Memory of Emeritus Professor of Political Science Charles R. Adrian

Diane Martin diane.martin at ucr.edu
Thu Jun 3 09:24:17 PDT 2004

June 3, 2004

Members of the Campus Community

Dear Colleagues:

I'm saddened to report the death of Charles R. Adrian, emeritus professor of
political science and a prolific writer and speaker in the community. He
died Friday, May 28, at his home. He was 82. Services will be held at 1 p.m.
Friday, June 4 at Grace United Methodist Church, 1085 Linden Street,
Riverside. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to the
American Diabetes Association.

His colleagues say that he led the department into its growth as a research
based department, and that his dry wit smoothed the way through years of
change.  “For many years, his textbooks were among the top two or three,
easily, in the field of urban politics,” said Professor Max Neiman, a
colleague in political science. “He was particularly important in the study
of urban institutions, examining the impact of non partisanship and direct
democracy on local government. His stature in the department was very
important in attracting top faculty and graduate students.”

Born in Portland, Oregon on March 12, 1922, Professor Adrian received his
bachelor’s degree from Cornell College in 1947 and his Ph.D. from the
University of Minnesota in 1950. He specialized in local politics and urban
affairs and was frequently quoted in the media. He also was a frequent
commentator and guest speaker in the community.
He came to UC Riverside in 1966 as chair of the political science department
and retired in June 1988. Before UC Riverside, he taught at Wayne State
University from 1949 to 1955 and Michigan State University from 1955 to
1966. In 1954 he was a Ford Foundation postdoctoral fellow at the University
of Copenhagen. In 1957, he served as an administrative assistant to the
Governor of Michigan, E. Mennan Williams, before returning to Michigan State
to direct a research center and in 1963, chair the political science
department.  He served in the U.S. Air Force between during World War II,
between 1943 and 1946 and throughout his academic career returned to
military bases around the world to teach political science to officers
earning their college degrees. In 1973 and 1974, he served as a special
assistant to the academic vice president, University of California, before
returning to UC Riverside.

Professor Adrian was a prolific writer, producing 15 political science
textbooks and many papers and articles. His books include: The American Body
Politic, History of American City Politics: The Formative Years, 1770-1870;
State and Local Government: A Study in the Political Process; Governing
Urban America; and Governing Our Fifty States and Their Communities. In
addition, Dr. Adrian was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the American Political
Science Association, the American Society for Public Administration and the
American Association of University Professors. He received an honorary
doctorate of law from Cornell College in 1973.

Dr. Adrian is survived by his wife, Audrey, of Riverside; two children,
Kristin and Nelson, and six grandchildren. Our sympathy and support go to
his family.


France A. Córdova

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