Hugh Heclo (1943 – 2017, In Memoriam)

Robinson Professor Hugh Heclo

Robinson Professor Hugh Heclo

Sadly, on August 6, 2017, we lost a dear colleague and friend.  Formerly a professor of government at Harvard University and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, Hugh Heclo was a recognized expert on American democratic institutions as well as the international development of modern welfare states. He had received national awards for his books including Comparative Public Policy, A Government of Strangers, and Modern Social Politics in Britain and Sweden. Professor Heclo was an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. He chaired the Ford Foundation research advisory committee, which published The Common Good: Social Welfare and the American Future, and was co-author of the 1998 Urban Institute volume, The Government We Deserve. Hugh Heclo was senior editor and contributor to the 2003 volume, Religion Returns to the Public Square: Faith and Policy in America and a member of the Scholar’s Council advising the Librarian of Congress. In 2002 he received the American Political Science Association’s John Gaus lifetime achievement award honoring exemplary scholarship in the joint tradition of political science and public administration. Prof. Heclo taught courses on the Philosophy of History, Religion and Politics in America, and Faith and Reason in the Making of the Modern Mind. His most recent books are Christianity and American Democracy, published by Harvard University Press and Thinking Institutionally, published in 2008 by Paradigm Publishers. With his wife Beverley, he operated a tree farm in the Shenandoah Valley.

Email: hheclo@gmu.edu