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Jan. 11, 2008

Update: The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has posted to the Web a memorial tribute to Emeritus Dean Dewey B. Stuit, which may be viewed here.

UI mourns passing of Dewey Stuit and David Forkenbrock 

A longtime and distinguished University of Iowa professor, David J. Forkenbrock, and emeritus professor and dean of the UI College of Liberal Arts, Dewey B. Stuit, have died.

Forkenbrock, who founded the UI Public Policy Center in 1987 and served as its director until his retirement in September 2007, died today (Friday, Jan. 11) following a lengthy illness at his home in Iowa City, Iowa. He was 65. Arrangements are pending at Lensing Funeral Service in Iowa City. A complete obituary is available online here.

Stuit, who served as dean of the College of Liberal Arts (now the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) from 1948 to 1977, died Wednesday, Jan. 9 at Oaknoll Retirement Residence, according to a notice on the Iowa City Press-Citizen Web site. He was 98. His body was donated to the UI's Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine per his request. Memorial services are pending for next week. Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service is assisting in his arrangements. A full obituary is available online here.

Forkenbrock, who was born in Thief River Falls, Minn., came to the UI in 1978 and became a nationally recognized transportation researcher and prominent faculty member for 30 years, serving as professor in the departments of Urban and Regional Planning and Civil and Environmental Engineering. He also served as chair of Urban and Regional Planning, chair of the Faculty Senate budget committee, and head of a campus-wide effort to improve interdisciplinary research.

As a result of his research, the UI Public Policy Center in 2005 received a four-year, $16.5 million federal grant to test his mileage-based approach to financing public roads. Forkenbrock developed the study, which uses data gathered by Global Positioning System receivers embedded in vehicles, as an alternative method (to declining fuel tax revenues) of paying for highway maintenance.

Forkenbrock's many years of service to the UI and his vision in founding the Public Policy Center resulted in a center that brought together researchers from a variety of fields and disciplines to impact policy at the local, state and national level through sound academic scholarship. Following his retirement, he continued to serve as a professor emeritus.

Born in Fulton, Ill., Stuit came to the UI in 1938 as a professor of psychology specializing in education psychology, a position he held until his retirement in 1977. He was also director of the student counseling office from 1946 to 1949 and dean of student personnel services from 1947 to 1950.

It was in his role as the eighth dean of the College of Liberal Arts, however, where Stuit left his greatest impact on the university. Appointed acting dean in 1948, his appointment became permanent the following year. He held the position until his retirement in 1977. During his tenure he oversaw substantial curricular expansion within the college, establishment of an honors program, and the implementation of rules allowing greater flexibility in degree fulfillment requirements. During the student protest period of the late 1960's and early 1970's he defended the presence of ROTC on campus and criticized the tactics of Students for a Democratic Society and other anti-war organizations.

UI President Willard "Sandy" Boyd honored Stuit upon his retirement in 1977: "In our programs, he has wanted better, not more. During the years of material growth he counseled against proliferation and concentrated on strengthening existing programs. As an academic spartan, he has been both a traditionalist and a non-traditionalist. ... Flexibility and high standards have been the hallmark of the College of Liberal Arts during Dean Stuit's tenure."

Following his retirement, Stuit and his late wife, Velma, established the Dewey B. Stuit Award for Honors, the Dewey B. Stuit Fund for Psychology, and the Dewey B. and Velma P. Stuit Professorship in Psychology.

More information about Stuit is available in his online papers in the UI Libraries' special collections at

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