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Owen S. Stratton ’38

Owen S. (Pete) Stratton ’38, June 7, 1995, in Wellesley, Massachusetts. He received his MA in 1940 in political science and a PhD in 1950 from Stanford University. He worked for the U.S. Bureau of the Budget and the Office of Price Administration, Washington, D.C., and joined the U.S. Navy during World War II, resigning with the rank of lieutenant commander in 1946. He joined the faculty of Wellesley College in 1946, and became professor of political science there in 1958. From 1970 until his retirement in 1976, he held the Ralph Emerson Chair At Wellesley. He wrote widely on American politics, environmental policy, and public administration, and was a consultant to the Department of the Interior, the federal Water Resource Council, and the Public Land Review Commission. His articles have been published in the Progressive, the Western Political Quarterly, the New York Times Magazine, and the New Republic, as well as in numerous government publications. After retirement, he returned to the study of American history and completed projects in the history of the American West. He edited Medicine Man, published in 1989, the memoirs of his father, a medicine show pitchman at the turn of the century who became a respectable country doctor. He is survived by his wife, a niece, and a nephew.

Appeared in Reed magazine: August 1995

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