Richard Elliott Neustadt, a historian and presidential adviser, died on Oct. 31. Cause of death was not released. He was 84.
Neustadt received a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and worked as an economist in the Office of Price Administration before serving in the Navy during World War II. When he returned to the states, Neustadt earned a doctorate from Harvard University while working at the Bureau of Budget.
Once President Dwight D. Eisenhower took office, Neustadt returned to academia. He taught at Cornell and Columbia before joining his alma mater’s faculty. During his two decades teaching at Harvard, Neustadt co-founded the Kennedy School of Government and served as the first director of the school’s Institute of Politics. After he retired, Neustadt and his wife, Baroness Shirley Williams, the leader of the Liberal Democrats in England’s House of Lords, split their time between Great Britain and their home on Cape Cod.
The author of several books, including “Presidential Power: The Politics of Leadership,” Neustadt was best known for offering his insights to Presidents Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. His final book, “Franklin Delano Roosevelt,” which he co-authored with the late British historian Roy Jenkins, is scheduled for release this month.