Friday, August 17, 2007

We'll miss you, Dr. Poe

Dr. Poe was a scholar, a scientist, a teacher, a mentor, and above all, a friend. He was the kind of professor that every academic hopes to become. He knew how to transform students into scholars. He worked hard to transform war into peace.

I got the news today from my good friend and colleague, Geoff, that Steve had passed away doing what he loves so much: playing golf. I'm not much of a golfer, so I never had the chance to join him on the course. But I was fortunate enough to be one of Dr. Poe's students. He was such an important mentor to me. Without him I would not have gone to graduate school, I would not have graduated, and I certainly wouldn't operate the business I do now. I'm not entirely sure I'd be able to write a decent paper, but that's another story.

There's so much I could say about Dr. Poe. I could mention the ketchup factory; how he chose political science for a PhD; his contribution to the peace studies discipline. But what I know I will miss the most is his friendship. His passing is a loss to so many.

At the request of my colleagues I've created this blog, "In Loving Memory of Dr. Steven C. Poe." You are invited to share your thoughts, feelings, and anecdotes below. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at

Dean Haddock