BRIGANTE--John Edward, Ph.D., on January 29, 2013, in Paris, France. Born December 31, 1924 in Buffalo, NY, he graduated cum laude from the University of Buffalo in 1944; he received his Ph.D. from Princeton University (1947). His thesis, "The Planning Committee of the War Production Board - A chapter in American Planning Experience" remains a seminal work in the field, and can be accessed in the United States Library of Congress and in the National Library of Paris. Immediately after graduation from Princeton, he became a professor of Government Studies, and served at several colleges and universities in Massachusetts. In 1951 he was one of two academics selected as co-author with Dr. Charles Stokes for the prestigious assignment of writing a history of the Office of Price Stabilization. After 10 years in academia, he retired as a full professor to enter the corporate world, joining General Tire and Rubber Company as Chief Economist, a position he held until 1987. He then served the United Nations as a consultant to a diversity of underdeveloped countries. During his professional career he continually assisted others to obtain their professional goals, a personal commitment which was most gratifying to him. He is survived by two children.
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Published in The New York Times on Feb. 6, 2013