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Stiglicz, RIP

Former Williams political science professor Robert Stiglicz has died.

Tired of studying war and politics after seven years at an Eastern college, F. Robert “Zack” Stiglicz turned from teaching political science to pursue the life of an artist.

Mr. Stiglicz, 54, an experimental-film maker and painter who taught at the School of the Art Institute and at Columbia College, died Monday, Oct. 8, of heart failure at his home in Evergreen Park, said his wife, Shellie Fleming.

From 1980 to 1987, Mr. Stiglicz was an assistant professor of political science at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. He received a bachelor’s degree in the subject from Miami University in Ohio and a doctorate was granted by the University of Minnesota in 1999, years after he had completed almost all of the work to receive it, his wife said.

I never had Stiglicz for a class but I recall him as an intense professor who taught the required empirical course in the department, a requirement that has since been dropped from the political science major. If you have fond memories, please share them with us.

Condolences to all.

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#1 Comment By Kim Daboo ’88 On October 14, 2007 @ 8:31 pm

I had Prof. Stiglicz for one class as a first year, and did an independent study with him as a sophomore. I’m not sure I would call my memories fond, but I did admire his enthusiasm, especially for film, and his thinking well “outside the box” long before that was a common term. I was fortunate to have encountered him, though I surely didn’t realize it at the time. My condolences to his wife.