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Historian Richard Neustadt, 84, Dies

November 2, 2003

BOSTON (AP) _ Richard E. Neustadt, the noted presidential scholar and historian whose book ``Presidential Power and The Modern Presidents″ became a staple of courses in presidential leadership, has died, a spokesman for Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government said. He was 84.

Neustadt died in London on Friday, school spokesman Jesus Mena said.

A former adviser to Presidents Truman, Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, Neustadt also wrote many books on the U.S. presidency, including ``Presidential Power and the Modern Presidents: The Politics of Leadership,″ which offered his insights into government decision making.

Neustadt became professor emeritus at the Kennedy School of Government in 1989, after more than two decades of teaching there.

He was a recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award from the American Political Science Association in 1961. Last year, he was awarded the first award for portrayal of the U.S. presidency from the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery.

``Professor Neustadt spent a lifetime advancing the public understanding of the American presidency,″ former President Clinton said in a statement. ``I am grateful for the friendship and wise counsel he gave to me.″

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