Donald R. Matthews

posted 2007-11-08 18:09:15 by mike

Professor dead.

SEATTLE (AP) - Donald R. Matthews, a University of Washington political science professor who wrote a landmark text on the Senate, has died. He was 82.

Matthews died Saturday at Swedish Medical Center following a long struggle with emphysema. The political science department confirmed his death.

His gift of $814,000 in 1996 to start the Donald R. Matthews Endowment for Excellence in Political Science remains the largest faculty donation to the university's College of Arts and Sciences. He was an author of a dozen books and founder of an international exchange program at the university.

Matthews was born and reared in Cincinnati, studied at Purdue University, served in the Navy toward the end of World War II, then earned master's and doctoral degrees in political science at Princeton University.

Matthews taught at the University of North Carolina, among other schools, before coming to head Washington's political science department in 1976.

Of Matthews' 12 books on political science and behavior, his best known was "U.S. Senators and Their World," published in 1960, reissued half a dozen times and used in some college courses. The late President Lyndon B. Johnson, a senator when the book was written, called it "a landmark in the study of the Senate."