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Newell M. Stultz

June 13, 1933 January 12, 2024
Newell M. Stultz
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Newell M. Stultz, age 90, of Newport and formerly of Barrington, RI, died on January 12, 2024. Born in Boston, MA, he was the son of the late Irving Washburn Stultz and Marjorie (MacEachern) Stultz. His childhood was peripatetic and involved frequent travel, resulting in him attending 13 schools before college, including six weeks in Newport, RI as well as the Rivers Country Day School outside Boston, Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC, and high school in Europe. A 1955 graduate of Dartmouth College, he spent a year in 1955-56 as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, where he met his future wife, the late Elizabeth (Olckers) Stultz. They married in 1958. Following nearly three years in the U.S. Navy, mostly at sea in the Atlantic fleet, he earned a doctorate in Political Science and African Studies at Boston University. Following a year on the faculty of Northwestern University, he joined the political science faculty at Brown University in 1965, where he served until his retirement 38 years later. He chaired his Brown department from 1973 until 1977 and subsequently served twice as its acting or interim chair. At different times, he served as Assistant to the Dean of Pembroke College, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, Associate Dean of the Faculty, Associate Provost, and President of the Brown Faculty Club. He was the author or co-author of four books and some three dozen articles and co-editor or compiler of four additional volumes. Most of his research focused on Africa and specifically South Africa. His research was supported at different times by the Ford Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, and The Heinz Endowments. He held visiting appointments at Yale University, the University of South Africa, and Rhodes University in South Africa. In 1981–1982, he was President of the New England Political Science Association. He is predeceased by his wife and survived by their two children, Elliot Stultz of West Palm Beach, FL, and Amy Kormos of Lexington, MA, three grandchildren, and his brother Gardner Stultz. The family wishes to express their profound appreciation for his dedicated caregivers, Beacon Hospice, and St. Clare nursing home. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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