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Earl A. Nehring, M.A. ’52, Ph.D. ’58

Posted On - March 9


Earl A. Nehring, M.A. '52, Ph.D. '58Earl Arthur Nehring, M.A. ’52, Ph.D. ’58, died on January 31 at Presbyterian Manor of Lawrence, Kan. He was 99.

Nehring was born in Gildford, Mont., on May 28, 1920, the son of Arthur and Myrtle (Burfield) Nehring and graduated from Gildford High School in 1936. He attended Northern Montana College from 1936 to 1938 and the University of Montana, Missoula, from 1938 to 1940, graduating with a B.A. in history and political science.

From 1942 through 1946, Nehring served in the USAAF-Air Transport Command. He was employed in the title insurance business in Los Angeles from 1946 through 1950, when he entered graduate school at UCLA, where he studied political science, obtaining an M.A. Degree in 1952 and a Ph.D. Degree in 1958.

He taught at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., from 1956 to 1958, when he moved to the University of Kansas, where he was a member of the political science department until his retirement in 1985. He served as department chairman from 1972 through 1981.

Nehring married Harriet Burgess in Santa Monica, Calif., on August 18, 1956. She preceded him in death in August 2007.

During his retirement years he was an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Lawrence and an active supporter of Kansas Advocates for Better Care (KABC), a local non-profit organization working to ensure quality long-term care for elder Kansans. His wife, Harriet, was a co-founder of KABC in 1975. He also regularly delivered meals for the Douglas County Senior Services from 1986 to 2014.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Neil and Maria Nehring, of Austin, Texas; his daughter and son-in-law, Nancy Nehring and Mark Rudoff, of Columbus, Ohio, and four grandchildren: Julia and Sarah Nehring and Helena and Jackson Rudoff.

The family suggests memorials to Kansas Advocates for Better Care (KABC), 536 Fireside Court, Suite B, Lawrence, KS 66049 or sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.