In Memoriam

Sadly, the Public Policy Program recently lost two members of it community, Dr. R. Kenneth Godwin,  Emeritus Marshall A. Rauch Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Dr. Winsor Schmidt, Metrolina Medical Foundation Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Health.  Both served the Public Policy Program generously through their research, teaching, and mentorship. Both are greatly missed.


Dr. Winsor Schmidt, Jr. Metrolina Medical Foundation Distinguished Professor of Public Policy on Health passed away May 18, 2018 at the Levine & Dickson Hospice House in Huntersville and was interred in Ruston, Louisiana.  He served as a core faculty member in Public Policy since his arrival in fall 2015 and was a member of the Department of Health Sciences.   His research interests focused on elder law, guardianship, mental health law, and health policy. Students benefited from his depth of knowledge and experience in his courses on Health Policy Development and Health Law and Ethics.  Winsor completed his undergraduate study in government at Harvard, followed by a Juris Doctor from American University and a Masters of Mental Health Law from the University of Virginia.  Previously, Winsor served as the Distinguished Professor of Urban Health Policy, University of Louisville School of Medicine. And directed the Health Policy and Administration program at Washington State University.     

Dr. R. Kenneth (Ken) Godwin, Marshall A. Rausch Distinguished Professor of Political Science from 2001-2013, passed away on Sunday, April 15 and was buried in Charlotte, NC. Dr. Godwin was an active faculty member in the Public Policy program, serving as a mentor to both faculty and students. His obituary notes: “His long career as an educator was devoted to promoting an understanding of justice woven through the fabric of a complex world. His fact-filled and statistical mind tempered with compassion for the less fortunate was the force behind the man.” His intellectual legacy is evident in the work of all those he trained. Graduate students benefitted greatly from working with him, particularly in the areas of education policy and environmental policy. He received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1972 and over his career he published 12 books as well as over 70 journal articles and book chapters. He was highly respected both professionally and personally in the program.