Richard F. Fenno, Jr. was born on December 12, 1926 in Winchester, Massachusetts. After serving in the Navy during World War II Richard attended Amherst College and in 1948 received his Bachelor’s Degree. The same year he married Nancy Davidson. Richard and Nancy had two children, Mark and Craig. Richard pursued a PhD. in political science from Harvard University and completed his degree in 1956. He taught at Wheaton College and Amherst College before joining the University of Rochester’s political science department in 1957 where he taught for over 50 years. At the time of his demise Richard was Distinguished University Professor Emeritus.
Richard Fenno had a distinguished career as a teacher and scholar. He was a leading authority on the United States Congress and published 16 books, several of which won national awards. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society and was past Present of the American Political Science Association. His greatest professional achievement, however, was the success of his students who became teachers and scholars at many of the best universities and colleges in the country.
Richard Fenno will be remembered as a great husband to Nancy, his wife of 71 years, a great father to Craig and Mark, and a great grandfather to Zachary and Sarah. Richard Fenno is survived by his loving wife Nancy, his son Craig, his grandchildren Zachary and Sarah, his daughter-in-law Sharon Fenno, his sister Elizabeth Blucke, his brother-in-law Robert Blucke, and his sister-in-law Janet Bouchee. We will miss his whistling, conversation, wise counsel, and unstinting optimism for life.
Donations can be made on- line or by check to the Fenno Summer Fellowships at the University of Rochester. For on- line donations, please go to the link below and reference the fellowship in the “other” section— Summer Fenno Fellowships (AO9159). Donations by check can be made out to University of Rochester and sent to:
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Fenno Summer Fellowships (A09159)