Dean Emeritus and Professor of Public Affairs
Ph.D., Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Brewster Denny (1924–2013) was the founder of the Evans School and was its first dean from 1962–1980.  He also headed the Marine Affairs effort from 1972–1979 and was the head of the Foreign Affairs professional program from 1967–1990.

His public service included positions such as:

  • Naval service in WWII and during the Korean War period.
  • Supervisory intelligence research analyst for eight years, assessing Soviet special weapons capabilities and intentions.
  • Professional Staff member of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on National Policy Machinery.
  • Advisor during the national security transition between the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations.
  • U.S. Representative to the General Assembly of the United Nations.
  • Representative of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, advising on science policy in Thailand, Korea, the Philippines, and Jordan.

He was a trustee of the Century Foundation from 1974–2013, serving as board chairman from 1986–1994. He worked on a number of the fund’s research programs, assisted in project designs, and reviewed manuscripts—especially those involving foreign policy, arms control, intelligence, post-war organization of Europe, and U.S.-Russian relations after the Cold War.

Denny was fluent in Russian and visited Russia twice. He was active in a number of local public service activities, including serving as chairman of the Children’s Budget Coalition of the Children’s Alliance.

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