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Bowdoin Appoints Jean Yarbrough to Pendy Chair in Social Sciences

Story posted May 09, 2001

Bowdoin College has named Jean Yarbrough, professor of government and legal studies, as the first Gary M. Pendy Sr. Chair in Social Sciences. This new professorship has been established through a gift of Stanley F. Druckenmiller, a 1975 Bowdoin graduate, and the Chairman and CEO of Duquesne Capital Management.

"It is a great privilege to recognize Jean Yarbrough, in one of the best ways a college disposes, for her significant contributions to scholarship and teaching," said Robert H. Edwards, president of the College. "She is an outstanding choice to inaugurate the Pendy Chair in Social Sciences. We are also deeply grateful to Stan for his generous gift, which recognizes that an exceptional faculty is a college's most valuable resource."

The Pendy Chair honors the memory of Gary M. Pendy Sr. of Morristown, N.J. A graduate of St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn., Pendy was a senior vice president of institutional sales for Credit Lyonnaise Securities in New York City. Pendy, who died at the age of 59, was the father of Gary "Mike" Pendy Jr., of the Bowdoin Class of 1993.

Jean Yarbrough was named to the Bowdoin faculty in 1988, and served as the chair of the department of government and legal studies from 1994-97. A cum laude graduate of Cedar Crest College, she earned her M.A. and Ph.D. from New School for Social Research.

"We are delighted to inaugurate the Pendy Chair in Social Sciences, and to be able to honor Jean Yarbrough as the first holder of that chair," said Craig McEwen, Bowdoin's dean for academic affairs. "Jean's scholarship on Thomas Jefferson's political philosophy and the moral foundations of American politics makes important contributions to political theory and political science. At the same time, Jean has played a vigorous and important role in the life of the College as a teacher and in various leadership roles."

Professor Yarbrough is the author of The American Virtues: Thomas Jefferson on the Character of a Free People (University Press of Kansas, 1998), which was the subject of roundtables at the New England Political Science Association (1999) and the American Political Science Association (2000). The book was also the subject of a presentation at the National Archives and at the Thomas Jefferson International Center at Monticello.

She is the author of numerous articles on American political thought appearing in The Review of Politics, The Journal of Politics, The American Scholar, Publius: The Journal of Federalism , and Policy Review , among others. She has presented many papers and served as chair or participant in discussions at conferences across the country, as well as in Toronto, London, and Macerata, Italy. Recent work has included "Theodore Roosevelt and the Progressive Challenge to the American Character," "The Progressives and the Founders," and "Politics and Friendship in the Adams-Jefferson Correspondence."

Professor Yarbrough is a member of the Thomas Jefferson-Sally Hemings Scholars Commission, and served a three-year term as a member of the Departmental Services Committee of the American Political Science Association (1996-99). She serves on the editorial boards of Review of Politics, Polity, and Claremont Review of Books.

She was the recipient of the William R. Kenan Faculty Research Fellowship for the 1999-2000 academic year. She is also a past winner of the National Endowment for the Humanities Bicentennial Fellowship, Earhart Foundation Research Grants, and the Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship. Her doctoral dissertation won the Kurt Riezler Prize for the best dissertation in political science and philosophy. She is currently working on a book entitled The Progressive Critique of the Founders .

Prior to coming to Bowdoin, she was assistant/associate professor of political science at Loyola University, and assistant professor of political science at the University of Connecticut.

Professor Yarbrough is married to Richard Morgan and has two college-age sons.

This is the third time in a decade that Stanley F. Druckenmiller has endowed a named professorship at Bowdoin. In 1991 he established the Stanley F. Druckenmiller Professor of Asian Culture, and in1994 a gift was used to establish the William D. Shipman Professor of Economics. He has also funded construction on campus, including the science building named for his grandfather, and endowed educational and information technology.

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