Dean Rusk, 1909 -1994

Dean Rusk returned to his home state of Georgia in 1970 to teach at the University of Georgia School of Law. The impact of his presence at the University of Georgia was immediately felt and remained strong even when he became an emeritus in 1985 until his death in 1994.

He set about his service to the University and Law School with enthusiasm and great commitment. As has been noted by the UGA presidents and deans with whom he served and by many colleagues, his contributions went beyond teaching nearly the entire second-year class about international law, foreign affairs and the Constitution, and law and diplomacy.

Many successful programs were created and many scholars and teachers came to the University through Professor Rusk's endeavors. He encouraged, counseled, and assisted many UGA and foreign students to gain international experience and to study in various parts of the world. At the Law School, Professor Rusk gave his wholehearted support to the Brussels Seminar on the European Union, a unique intensive program which, for the past thirty summers, has taken UGA and other law students to the capital city of Belgium and of the EU institutions. Professor Rusk's enthusiastic advocacy of international and comparative legal education at Georgia has left an indelible mark.

The years in Georgia followed a brilliant career of service to his country and the world. Dean Rusk was educated at Davidson College in North Carolina and he received a Rhodes Scholarship that took him to Saint John's College at Oxford and finally to the Law School at the University of California at Berkeley. While studying law, he taught at Mills College. Service to his country in the Army interrupted his work at Berkeley and his teaching and eventually had him at work for General George Marshall. He then held important posts in the U.S. Department of State involving the role of the U.S. in the creation of the United Nations, U.S. Far East Policy, and the Marshall Plan for Europe.

After the presidential elections in 1952, he became President of the Rockefeller Foundation, a position he held until he was asked by President John Kennedy to become Secretary of State. Dean Rusk continued to be Secretary of State until the end of President Lyndon Johnson's administration in 1969. A year later he was appointed Samuel H. Sibley Professor of International Law at the University of Georgia School of Law where he taught international law and inspired generations of students and his colleagues through his wisdom, experience, and generous spirit.

Online Resources

Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies