Long-time Political Science professor passes away at 66

Dr. Jacqueline DeLaat, who had taught political science at Marietta College for more than 20 years, died Friday, April 24. She was 66. DeLaat was born March 19, 1943.

"Jackie was a distinguished teacher - a McCoy Professor of Political Science - and friend and mentor to students, faculty and staff," said Marietta College President Dr. Jean A. Scott. "Her passion for her work, her students her family and her friends was very special. We will miss her very much. Her husband, Mike, and her daughters, Michelle and Meghan, were with her in the hospital. I know that the entire campus community joins me in heartfelt sympathy to her family."

A memorial service is scheduled for 10 a.m., Friday, May 1, at St. Luke's Lutheran Church. A reception will follow at her home (416 Sixth St., Marietta) from 2-6 p.m.

Dr. DeLaat taught political science, public policy, and gender related courses, as well as leadership, at liberal arts colleges for more than 25 years. Prior to her teaching career, she worked for 10 years in the Washington, D.C., area in a variety of public and quasi-public organizations.

She favored an interactive classroom with many applied projects and much discussion of current events. Dr. DeLaat was the founder of the campus program Pizza and Politics, which brings the campus community together to informally discuss current events and issues.

One of her most recent success stories occurred in January 2008 when she lead a group of about a dozen students to New Hampshire to volunteer during the Presidential Primary.

She recently finished the second edition of her nationally used textbook, Gender in the Workplace: A Case Study Approach, released in 2007 (Sage 2007).

Dr. DeLaat earned her Ph.D. in Public Administration from the University of Pittsburgh, Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Iowa.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Dr. DeLaat's memory to assist Marietta College students participating in American University's Washington Semester Summer Internship Program. The program offers an interactive learning opportunity in the nation's capital to students interested in careers in leadership and public service. Donations may be made on-line at www.marietta.edu/advancement or by check made out to Marietta College, c/o Linda Stroh, 215 Fifth Street, Marietta, OH 45750. For more information, please contact Linda Stroh at (740) 376-4451 or linda.stroh@marietta.edu.