Ronald C. Moe, political scientist and analyst

May 29, 2011
Ronald C. Moe
political scientist, analyst

Ronald C. Moe, a political scientist who specialized in analyzing U.S. government organization and management for the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress, died May 10 at his home in Washington of an apparent heart attack. He was 73.

Dr. Moe joined the CRS as a policy analyst in 1973 and served for nearly three decades, providing nonpartisan research and analysis to members of Congress and various congressional committees. Before his retirement in 2002, he produced more than 200 CRS reports and confidential memoranda for senators and representatives.

In addition to his federal government career, Dr. Moe taught at George Washington and American universities and lectured occasionally at Princeton University and the University of Virginia. At the time of his death, he was a teaching fellow at the Center for the Study of American Government at Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Moe edited several books, contributed regularly to scholarly journals and wrote two published books, “Administrative Renewal: Reorganization Commissions in the 20th Century” (2003) and “The Hoover Commissions Revisited” (1982). He also was the author of a forthcoming study of the event that set the stage for the Russian Revolution of 1917, “Prelude to the Revolution: The Murder of Rasputin.”

Ronald Chesney Moe was born in San Diego and grew up in Southern California. He was a 1959 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of what is now Claremont McKenna College.

Dr. Moe received a master’s degree in public law and government from Columbia University in 1962. After serving in the Army as an intelligence officer for several years, he returned to Columbia and received a doctorate in public law and government in 1968.

Dr. Moe began his career teaching political science at San Diego State University and then moved to Washington in 1970 to work as a policy adviser at the Office of Economic Opportunity.

He was a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and a member of numerous professional organizations. His other memberships included the Cosmos Club in Washington.

His marriage to Carolyn Carr ended in divorce. Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Grace Tyler Moe of Washington; two children from his first marriage, Steven Moe of San Diego and Cynthia D’Errico of Hampton, N.J.; a sister; and two grandchildren.

— Emma Brown