Louis L. Gerson ’48 (CLAS)
Louis L. Gerson ’48 (CLAS) died on October 16, in Southbury, Conn. He had lived in Sherman, Conn. since 2006, after leaving Storrs, Conn. where he had lived for 58 years. Gerson was a central figure in the post-WWII development of the University of Connecticut. Long among the college’s most popular professors, and for a decade (1967-1977) head of the Political Science Department. His work brought him recognition as a Ford Foundation fellow, a Rockefeller Foundation fellow, and a Guggenheim Fellow, and he taught in India as a Fulbright Scholar and in Taiwan. He remained an active professor emeritus until he moved to Sherman.
He is survived by three children, Elliot, William, and Ann Swanson; his brother Steven Gerson; his twelve grandchildren; and seven great grand-children. His wife of 47 years, Elizabeth Shanley Gerson, died in Storrs in 1997.