Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Service slated for UNH professor

The following is a press release issued by the University of New Haven. Elm City Express shares it here with readers as a service and in memory of Caroline Dinegar.

Former New Haven mayoral candidate, Peace Corps director and noted political ccience professor memorialized

WEST HAVEN — The University of New Haven will hold a memorial service for the late Caroline Dinegar at 2 p.m. April 7 at Dodds Hall Theater. A reception will follow in the Seton Gallery and lobby in Dodds Hall. Dinegar, a well-respected and outspoken professor of political science at UNH, died on Dec. 12. Many former colleagues and students, including President Steve Kaplan and former presidents Larry DeNardis and Phil Kaplan are expected to eulogize Dinegar during the service.
An accomplished scholar, Dinegar, shown above in a photo released by the university received her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, and a master’s degree and Doctor of Philosophy in International Relations and International Law at Columbia University, UNH officials said. She served for 10 years as a Foreign Affairs Officer for the U.S. State Department and as a liaison to the United States Mission to the United Nation in New York and in Paris. Prior to her appointment as professor and chairwoman of the Department of Political Science at the University of New Haven in 1970, she served as assistant professor of Political Science at the University of Connecticut, Associate Professor of International Law and Organization at Cal State in Northridge and as assistant professor in the Woodrow Wilson Department of Government at the University Virginia.
During her tenure at UNH, Dinegar served as chairwoman of the Faculty Senate and also as accreditation officer, as director of the Institute of Law and Public Affairs, associate provost for Government Affairs, as Affirmative Action Office and Director of Equal Opportunity and as acting director of the UNH Library. More recently she served as interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences as well as the director of the School of Hospitality and Tourism.
She served for two years as director of the Peace Corps in Malaysia in the mid 70s, and spent 1980-81 as professor of strategy and politics at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I. while on leave from the UNH. She twice ran as a Republican Party candidate for mayor of New Haven, in 1985 and 1987. Dinegar was known as a pioneering expert in terrorism, and became a valuable resource for media. She was the first of the UNH faculty to be awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa.

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