AUSTIN, Texas — Emmette S. Redford, one of the nation’s preeminent scholars on the public policy process and national government administration, died Friday (Jan. 30) in Austin. He was 93.
A native Texan and childhood friend of Lyndon B. Johnson, Redford spent more than 40 years with The University of Texas at Austin’s department of government, where he was the Ashbel Smith Professor from 1963 until his retirement from full-time teaching in 1975. He continued to teach at the University’s Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs until his retirement in 1994.
According to UT Austin President Ad Interim Peter T. Flawn, Redford was “an exemplary educator, scholar and public servant” who will be missed by the entire University community.
“He was devoted to his students, to democracy, and to the principle that good government can help make the world a better place for us all,” Flawn said.
During a distinguished teaching career that spanned more than six decades, Redford touched the lives of several generations of students and countless colleagues in the academic and public arenas.
Among his former students were former U.S. Rep. J. J. “Jake” Pickle and Bernard Rapoport, former chairman of the University of Texas System Board of Regents.
Throughout the years, Redford received many honors for his teaching and research. In spring 1994, he received a presidential citation from UT Austin, the highest honor the University’s president can bestow on an individual for outstanding merit.