Edwin H. Fedder

Dr. Edwin H. Fedder joined the political science faculty of the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 1967 and founded International Studies and Programs in 1968 to promote internationalization of the campus and the curriculum. He also was a former chairman of the University's Senate, the governing body for the campus.

An authority on alliances, NATO, U.S. foreign policy and national security, he wrote numerous articles on the subjects for professional journals, as well as two books - "NATO: The Dynamics of Alliance in the Postwar World" and "Defense Politics of the Atlantic Alliance."

Ed was a co-founder of the International Studies Association and a past president of its Midwest and South chapters. He was a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics and a guest lecturer at more than two dozen foreign universities. He was also a member of the Committee on Atlantic Studies and a former chairman of the North American chapter.

A dedicated teacher, Ed influenced the lives of many of his students. He nurtured students and patiently helped them develop intellectually and academically. No one was more able at blending history, international politics, personal relations, and humor to convey indelible insights about international relations and current political developments in the world. Students finished his classes with greater knowledge, sophistication, maturity, and deeper concern for the human condition.

After retiring in 1991, Ed spent his time writing poetry and enjoying his family. A few weeks before his death in December of 1999, he finished pieces in verse on "Pox Americana", "Fascismus" and "The Vietnam War" and demonstrated once again his cleverness, skepticism, and knowledge of history. Ed's wisdom and wit cannot be replaced. He will be missed greatly and forever.

DR. EDWIN H. FEDDER ANNUAL LECTURE IN FOREIGN AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS - established in 2000

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