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Jack C. Plano

Dec. 6, 2002

Jack C. Plano, emeritus in political science, died Nov. 21 in Kalamazoo. He was 81.

Plano, a Western Michigan University faculty member from 1952 until his retirement in 1987, was nationally known for his books on political topics. His publications included "The American Political Dictionary," which he wrote in 1962 with Milton Greenberg, and "Forging World Order-The Politics of International Organization," which he wrote with Robert E. Riggs. He also published two editions of "The United Nations: International Organizations and World Politics," a comprehensive study of U.N. operations.

The founder and longtime managing editor of WMU's New Issues Press, Plano also served as editor for nearly 20 years of a political dictionary series that includes 23 volumes and is published by the American Bibliographical Center-Clio Press.

In 1998, Plano was named the first recipient of WMU's Outstanding Emeritus Scholar award.

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