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Dr. Kenneth L. Maxwell (1913-1988)
Founder, Rider Model United Nations program (1967-1972)


The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Maxwell, 85, of Fountain Hills died of natural causes Aug. 15, 1998 at the Life Care Center of Scottsdale.

Kenneth Leroy Maxwell was born May 26, 1913, in Wilkinsburg, Pa., where he spent his childhood. He was united in marriage to Miriam Young in 1938, to Jean Carlson in 1942 and to Mary McGraw Kessler in 1985. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Miriam and his wife Jean.

He earned a B.A. degree from Denison University, Granville, Ohio, in 1938; and a M.Div. from Colgate Rochester Divinity School in Rochester, N.Y. in 1938.

He spent 1939 at Cambridge University in England as a Fulbright Scholar and in 1953 earned a Ph.D. in New Testament at Yale University. He was Phi Beta Kappa and is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American West and Who's Who in History.

He was instrumental in developing the United Nations Association of the USA and was president [of the UNA-USA] for the state of New Jersey, the Greater Phoenix Chapter and the state of Arizona chapter. He traveled worldwide speaking at conferences concerning peace.

From 1955 to 1966 Dr. Maxwell served as executive director of the Department of International Affairs of the National Council of Churches, during which time he served as a consultant to the World Council of Churches. He was an accredited representative to the United Nations and to the United States Mission to the U.N.

Among his writings, he co-edited the Dag Hammerskjold Memorial Lecture Series, "Paths to World Order." As a graduate research fellow at Princeton University he authored a book dealing with politics, religion and peace titled "Seek Peace and Pursue It."

[He was chairman of the Political Science Department at Rider College and founder of the Model United Nations program from 1967 to 1972. He was founder and Director of the Graduate Program for Administrators, 1972-1974.*] As professor of public administration at Rider College in New Jersey, Dr. Maxwell introduced the graduate program in public administration. He moved to Arizona in 1994, where he was an adjunct professor of political science and international relations for Arizona State University, the Life Long Learning Center in Sun City and for the Graduate School of International Management in Glendale.

In 1991 Dr. Maxwell was awarded the "Ecumenical Service Award" by the American Baptist Churches of the USA. In 1993 he received the "National Leadership Award" by the American Baptist Assembly and Conference Center in Green Lake, Wis.

* [Addition in brackets by Dr. Chau T. Phan, successor to Dr. Maxwell as Chairman of the Political Science Department and Faculty Adviser of the Model United Nations program in 1972. This bracketed addition was not in the original obituary.]

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