Renowned political scientist Prof. Theodore ‘Ted’ Lowi, government, passed away at the age of 85 in Ithaca Feb. 17, according to the University.
Before he started working at Cornell, Lowi earned his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in 1954 and his master’s and doctoral degrees in political science from Yale University in 1955 and 1961.
Lowi came to teach at Cornell in 1959, less than two years before he finished his doctoral degree. In 1965, he left to work at the University of Chicago and returned to Cornell in 1972 after being offered the John L. Senior Professor of American Institutions position.
“Ted was the most important social scientist to teach at Cornell in the school’s entire history,” said Isaac Kramnick, the Richard J. Schwartz professor of government emeritus.
Among Lowi’s most important contributions are his numerous publications. His textbook “American Government,” published in 1976, is currently in its 13th edition and is still widely used at universities across the country.
Lowi was also the editor of “The Pursuit of Justice,” a 1964 book by Robert F. Kennedy regarding Kennedy’s term as the attorney general.
“His writing, his mesmerizing teaching, his definitive scholarship and international eminence, and his spirited personality meant he was never still. He was a dynamo,” Kramnick said.
In addition to writing, Lowi also joined the Cornell orchestra as an…