Memorial services for Robert Alan Dahl

There will be two memorial services celebrating the life and contributions of Yale professor emeritus of political science Robert Alan Dahl, who died on Feb. 5 at the age of 98.

Family and friends will gather for a memorial service at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 8 at Whitney Center, 200 Leeder Hill Rd, Hamden, CT. Interment will be private. Condolences can be sent to Beecher & Bennett Funeral Home.

A formal campus celebration of Dahl’s 40 years of service to the Yale community and his contributions to the larger world of political science will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 29 in Yale’s Battell Chapel, corner of College and Elm streets. It is open to the public.

Dahl received his Ph.D. from Yale in 1940. He joined the Yale faculty in 1946. He served as the Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science from 1955 to 1964 and as Sterling Professor of Political Science from 1964 until his retirement in 1986.

Dahl was a leading authority on democratic theory. He had more than a dozen honorary degrees and awards from around the world. He authored numerous books and articles. His 1998 book, “On Democracy,” has been translated into over a dozen languages.

Read the New York Times obituary for Dahl.

Read the Foreign Affairs article about Dahl’s life and work by Ian Shapiro, Sterling Professor of Political Science at Yale.

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