November 4, 2002 Vol. VII, No. 6



Political Science Professor Horn Passes

Cal State Northridge political science professor emeritus Robert Horn, an expert on the former Soviet Union who also authored several books, died of pneumonia in Northridge on Tuesday, October 29 after a long battle with Lou Gehrig's Disease.

Horn, 59, had taught at CSUN from 1969 to 1991, when he had to retire three years after having been diagnosed with ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The progressive neuromuscular disease had left Horn, a former Distinguished Professor Award winner, almost entirely paralyzed in later years.

Despite that, Horn went on to write two more books on his struggles, the 1996 "How Will They Know If I'm Dead? Transcending Disability and Terminal Illness," and last year's "Who's Right? (Whose Right?) Seeking Answers and Dignity in the Debate Over the Right to Die."

During his campus years, Horn was noted for establishing the university's Model United Nations program. He is survived by his wife Judy, three children and other family members. A memorial service was scheduled Monday at the Northridge United Methodist Church.


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