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Stephen M. Drezner

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Stephen M. Drezner died Thursday, August 20, 2015 at the age of 77. He is survived by his loving wife Naomi of 58 years, five children [Jeffrey, David, Melissa (& Enoch) Contractor, Caren, and Jonathan (& Heidi Gray)], nine grandchildren, and pre-deceased by his first grandson Justin.

Born in Queens, NYC, and a graduate of Queens College and Columbia University, he moved to Los Angeles, CA, in 1961, where he lived for 37 years. He worked for over four decades at the RAND Corporation, and in his retirement served as president of the Beth Yehuda Synagogue in Lock Haven, PA, where he resided for seventeen years. Stephen is remembered for his keen intellect, gregarious sense of humor, commitment to social acceptance, love of the outdoors, and affection and dedication for his family.

At RAND, Stephen was a systems analyst and executive who helped shape and guide the growth of the institution during his career. He joined RAND in 1963 and rose to become a corporate officer in 1980. He spent three years as director of RAND's Air Force research group when he was chosen, in 1984, to serve as the first director of RAND's Arroyo Center, the U.S. Army's federally funded research and development center for studies and analysis. In 1992, he became the founding director of the Critical Technology Institute, a RAND research and development center sponsored by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy that informed national technology policy. Stephen was a senior vice president when he retired from RAND in 1997 but maintained a relationship with RAND as a consultant for another decade leading a series of high visibility projects to enhance the development of future civilian and military senior leaders within the Department of Defense.

A memorial service will be held at the Beth Yehuda Synagogue (320 W. Church St., Lock Haven, PA 17745) on August 30 at 11:00am EDT. Donations may be made in his name to the , the Beth Yehuda Synagogue, or the RAND Alumni Association.

Online thoughts and memories can be made at www.yost-gedonfuneralhome.com
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Aug. 25, 2015
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