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Announcing the Eugene C. Price – Richard John Endowment in Political Science and the Eugene C. Price Professorship in Political Science

Eugene Price

Richard John

(NORTHRIDGE, Calif. April 2, 2010) The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences is pleased to announce the establishment of the Eugene C. Price – Richard John Endowment in Political Science Eugene C. Price Professorship in Political Science

A reception was held at CSUN on April 29th in recognition of the recently established Eugene C. Price – Richard John Endowment in Political Science.  The Endowment was established through a bequest by Richard John to honor and memorialize the late Emeritus Professor Eugene C. Price who was his life partner of more than 50 years.  The primary purpose of the fund will be to create the Eugene C. Price Professorship in Political Science.  Mr. John died in 2009.  Dr. Price passed away in 2007. 

Dr. Eugene C. Price was an outstanding and beloved teacher and counselor of students, scholar of law and political science and academic leader at California State University, Northridge for more than 30 years.  Born in 1927, Dr. Price grew up in Bronx, NY. He served in the United States Marines at the end of World War II.  In 1949, he earned his bachelor's degree in Political Science, followed by his master's in Political Science, both from the University of Missouri.  He went on to receive his doctoral degree in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley in 1963.  

Dr. Price joined the Political Science faculty of San Fernando State College in 1963, a new institution in only its fifth year.  He was promptly recognized as a great teacher, receiving the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1967.  His courses on the United States Constitution are legendary, strongly influencing generations of students, many of whom went on to become prominent members of the bench and bar in Southern California. Countless students related to him fondly as a wise and caring mentor—a professor who was always ready to talk with them, to cajole them as necessary and to always encourage them to be the very best that they could be. 

In the spring of 1980 he was elected Chair of CSUN's Political Science Department and continued to serve in this role through the 1988-89 academic year. He returned as Chair for 1992-3 and 1993-4.  Under his leadership, the Department prepared thousands of students, built its strong connections to the judiciary, recruited bright and energetic new faculty and burnished its Model United Nations program.  Dr. Price, known affectionately by his students as “Doc,” retired from Cal State Northridge and took emeritus status in 1994.

Dr. Price was fully engaged in university life.  For years he supervised the graduation ceremonies for the college, was a founding member of the University Club, an avid supporter of the campus ROTC program, and a valued member of countless university committees.

Mr. John was born in San Francisco and raised in the Bay area.   Mr. John and Dr. Price met in the 1950s in Berkeley.  At that time Mr. John owned a flower shop, Rick’s Florist, and Dr. Price was pursuing his doctoral degree at UC Berkeley.  Mr. John moved to Northridge in 1978 and worked at a florist adjacent to the San Fernando Mission.  Mr. John’s work as a florist spanned 60 years until his retirement in 2007. 

For more information about the Endowment please contact Anne Robison at (818) 677-7738 or anne.robison@csun.edu.