Dr. Milan Jacques Dluhy, 73, UNCW political science professor who authored 10 books

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Dr. Milan Jacques Dluhy
Dr. Milan Jacques Dluhy

Dr. Milan Jacques Dluhy, of Southport, Coconut Grove, Florida and Ann Arbor, Michigan, died at his home in Southport on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, at the age of 73. Dr. Dluhy died peacefully in the arms of his beloved wife of 51 years, Diane.

Dr. Dluhy began a distinguished academic career by earning a bachelor’s in political science and economics from the University of Illinois, an M.P.A. in public administration from Southern Illinois University and a Ph.D. in political science/public administration from the University of Michigan.

He received the rare honor of being recruited to become a full-time faculty member at his home institution of Michigan after which he was promoted up the ranks and received the distinction of tenure. While teaching at Michigan, he established his lifelong commitment to research projects, publications and community outreach. Ann Arbor was the family home for 16 years until the move to Miami, Florida in 1985.

He held appointments at several other universities, including interim dean, School of Public Affairs and Services and executive director, Metropolitan Center, Florida International University; professor and chair, Department of Political Science, University of North Carolina Wilmington; executive director, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Center for Governmental Studies; and professor of Public Administration, University of Illinois at Springfield. He also served in the federal government as a senior policy analyst and intergovernmental program planner for the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare.

Dr. Dluhy was an accomplished scholar and teacher with expertise in a wide range of areas, including the political economy of metropolitan areas, executive development and leadership in public organizations, strategic planning and coalition building, policy analysis and implementation, budget and fiscal management, survey research/needs assessments and political advocacy for disadvantaged groups.

Above all, Dr. Dluhy loved the classroom and his students, always prepared to share his enormous expertise, life experiences and ever-present sense of humor.

He was the author or co-author of 10 books, 70 published articles, book chapters or monographs, 40 paper presentations at professional conferences, 53 research grants totaling $2.4 million and 37 research and technical reports.

Dr. Dluhy was also heavily invested in the communities around his university setting, serving as a consultant on scores of task forces including the New Hanover County Blue Ribbon Commission on the Prevention of Youth Violence, Task Force to End Homelessness in Southeastern North Carolina, the Wilmington Mayor’s Task Force on the Location of Convention Center, the Wilmington Mayor’s Task Force on Consolidation, board member, Institute of Political Leadership, UNCW, Miami-Dade County Efficiency and Competition Commission, the Blue Ribbon Committee on Financial Recovery, City of Miami and vice chair, Revenue Sharing Task Force, Metro-Dade County, board member, Housing Bureau for Seniors, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Ad Hoc Task Force on Emergency Housing, Michigan Department of Social Services and Task Force on the Development of a Human Services Department, City of Ann Arbor, Michigan and Charter Revision Committee for city of Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Honors include: Best Article Award, The American Review of Public Administration; Professional Excellence Award, State of Florida Board of Regents; Annual Award for Outstanding Service, Oklahoma Association of Youth Services; U.S. Department of Health , Education  and Welfare Intergovernmental Personnel Act Award; Dissertation Award, Department of Political Science, The University of Michigan; Distinguished Teaching Fellow Award, Department of Political Science, The University of Michigan; Public Health Research Fellowship, The University of Michigan; selection for Leadership North Carolina State Wide Executive Development Program; Graduate of Leadership Wilmington program (hosted by the Chamber of Commerce); and U.S. Steel Foundation Fellowship, American University.

Dr. Dluhy touched the lives of scores of faculty, students and citizens wherever he worked. In recognition of this distinguished record of teaching, research and service, Dr. Dluhy was granted professor emeritus status by his colleagues in the Department of Public and International Affairs at the University of North Carolina Wilmington in Fall 2015. In addition, the Masters in Public Administration (MPA) Community Advisory Board at UNCW has named their annual MPA Student Scholarship in his name.

Dr. Dluhy is survived by his beloved wife, Diane; daughter, Jaime (Douglas) Walters; grandsons, Tristan, Braden and Austin; brother-in-law, Robert (Anne) Datz; sister-in-law, Carol (John) Dahlquist; brother, Dr. John (Mary) Dluhy; and many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews, whom he loved.

Dr. Dluhy was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mae Dluhy; in-laws, Edward and Helen Datz; and his two precious sons, John Edward and Peter Christopher.

A memorial service and celebration of Dr. Dluhy’s distinguished life will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, at the chapel of Peacock-Newnam White Funeral and Cremation Service, 1411 N. Howe St., Southport, with visitation one hour prior. A reception will follow at the family seaside home in Southport.

Interment will take place on Saturday, November 21st, 2015 in the family plot in historic Forest Hills Cemetery in Ann Arbor, Michigan, alongside his beloved sons, John Edward and Peter Christopher.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Dr. Milan J. Dluhy MPA Student Scholarship Fund. Contributions can be sent to: The University of North Carolina-Wilmington, The Department of Public and International Affairs, 601 S. College Road, 270 Leutze Hall, Wilmington, NC 28403.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Peacock-Newnam White Funeral and Cremation Service.

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