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RIP: David Rebovich, professor of political science at Rider University October 12, 2007

Posted by Brian in David Rebovich, New Jersey, Rider, Rider University, RIP.

David RebovichMy alma mater, Rider University, and the New Jersey political scene lost a true giant today when David Rebovich, professor of political science and managing director of Rider’s Institute for New Jersey Politics, died after suffering a heart attack while teaching a class. He was 58.

Rebovich, called “The Answer Man” by the New York Times, was a media favorite for his knowlege of the New Jersey political scene. It seemed I heard his voice in a sound bite two or three times a week on radio station NJ 101.5 FM, discussing a wide array of topics dealing with politics in the Garden State. He also generated a ton of media hits for Rider.

Last year, Dave was listed as the 16th most powerful figure in state politics by PoliticsNJ.com (for which he also served as a columnist).

I had the pleasure of creating the first version of the Institute for New Jersey Politics’ Web site back when I was the content coordinator for Rider’s Web site. He was just a cool guy and he really enjoyed talking about the wacky world of Jersey politics.

Dave was also dean of Rider’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences back when I was a student, and he helped me out with some paperwork a few times.

I would like to offer my condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues at Rider University.

Here are some links:

Rider University: In Memoriam – David Rebovich

NJ.com (The Times of Trenton): Rider professor and political analyst Rebovich dies

PoliticsNJ.com: David Rebovich dies and More kind words for David Rebovich

N.J. Campaigns & Elections: New Jersey political icon Rebovich dead

The Associated Press (via NJ.com): Respected political analyst Rebovich dies

And here is a Google News search full of related stories.


Photo courtesy of Rider University.



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