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The Wise Legacy: The Biography Of Franklin & Marshall College Government Professor Sid Wise
The Wise Legacy: The Biography Of Franklin & Marshall CollegeGovernment Professor Sid Wise

Sid Wise

Sid Wise was born on July 13, 1924 in Massachusetts and died on February 15, 1994 in Florida. Dr. Wise received his bachelor’s degree cum laude from Harvard College in 1948 and his Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1952.


Wise joined the faculty of Franklin and Marshall College in 1952 and retired in 1989 as Charles A. Dana Professor of Government. After his retirement, he served as a volunteer fund-raiser for the college, working in the alumni programs and development office. He received the Lindback Foundation Teaching Award in 1965. Previously, he was a Ford Foundation Fellow and served in a Legislative Service Fellowship Program with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania American Political Science Association from 1969 to 1971.


Wise is best known because of the network of internships he fostered, and the remarkable accomplishments of his legacies. His leagacies, whether they were colleagues, students, friends or others whom Sid met, all recall the man's gentle manner and his goals of assuring that working in government -- or in any other career -- was a public service, and that public service, and the ability to cooperate and compromise, were vital to assuring that government and industry served the public.