UConn political scientist Howard Reiter dies

Howard Reiter, a UConn political scientist often quoted by journalists writing about elections, died Jan. 10 at his home after a long illness. He was 66. The university announced his death today.

“Howard was the model of what a scholar-teacher should be,” said Mark Boyer, head of the UConn political science department. “He was a superlative mentor of students, and through his frequent writings provided a great example to students and colleagues about how to be a public intellectual. His innate kindness showed through in all aspects of his personal and professional life. He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him.”

Reiter retired in 2009 after 35 years at UConn, including five as the department head. He remained on the faculty as a professor emeritus. Reiter was a graduate of Cornell and Harvard.