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Stephen Gale, Political Science

Stephen Chaim Zelig ben Yehuda v’Sarah Gale, an associate professor emeritus of political science in the School of Arts and Sciences, died on October 30. He was 80.

Dr. Gale received his BS, MA, and PhD degrees from the University of Michigan, then served a postdoctoral fellowship and lectured at the University of California, Berkeley. In 1970, he joined the faculty of Northwestern University at the assistant professor level, then came to the Wharton School at Penn in 1973 as an assistant professor of peace science, the predecessor of political science. In 1978, he was promoted to associate professor and chair of a department that had since been renamed regional science and relocated to the School of Arts and Sciences, as well as Organizational Dynamics. He also held a secondary appointment in the former School of Public and Urban Policy.

Dr. Gale was an engaged faculty member, sitting on several Faculty Senate and University Council committees (chairing the Council committees on Research and Student Affairs and the Senate Committee on Students and Educational Policy at various times). He also served on ad-hoc committees, including ones for the selection of high-ranking Penn officials and for the construction of an (unbuilt) campus recreation center in 1990. Dr. Gale also served as the faculty master of Community House in the Quad and was Penn’s judicial administrator from 1993-1995. Dr. Gale helped build the Dynamics of Organization graduate group and was a faculty member in the Foreign Policy Research Institute. In 2012, he retired from Penn and took emeritus status.

While at Penn, Dr. Gale conducted research and teaching in technology transfer and business development, real estate analysis, security, and project evaluation. His work on terrorism dealt with the creation and use of software systems for integrated security analysis, the development and analysis of security scenarios, and the application of negotiation models. Renowned for his research, he testified on Capitol Hill, and appeared frequently in the media, consulted for a variety of corporations and governmental agencies. Dr. Gale worked with Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories, the U.S. Department of Energy, and other defense-related agencies. In addition, he has worked on security projects for private sector organizations like Exxon, Johnson & Johnson, and the American Society for Industrial Security. He wrote many peer-reviewed articles and co-authored the book The War on Terrorism: 21st-Century Perspectives in 2012.

A service was held on November 6. Dr. Gale’s family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Project Gutenberg. 

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