S. McKee Rosen, 76, a scholar, federal official and professor of public administration, died at Sibley Memorial Hospital last Friday after a heart attack.
Dr. Rosen was born in Cleveland. He was educated at the University of Minnesota, Columbia University and the London School of Economics, where he earned a doctorate. He was an instructor in political science at the University of Chicago and then taught political science and headed the social sciences department at the Central YMCA College in Chicago for 10 years before beginning his career in the federal government.
Dr. Rosen joined the old Bureau of the Budget in 1942 shortly after the United States entered World War II. He became a specialist in foreign aid, worked in the postwar Marshall Plan, which laid the groundwork for the economic revival of Europe. He later worked for the International Cooperation Administration, one of several agencies that took over Marshall Plan functions.Dr. Rosen was the chief of the ICA's public administration branch from 1953 until 1961.
In that year the ICA became part of the newly formed Agency for International Development. Dr. Rosen became a special assistant in the international training division of AID and held that post until his retirement from the government in 1964.
From then until 1972, when he retired a second time, he was a visiting professor at the graduate school of business and public administration at George Washington University.
Dr. Rosen was the author or editor of several books on public administration and the relationship between technology and policy. He also contributed to numerous professional journals. He was a member of the American Political Science Association, the American Society for Public Administration and the International Institute of Administrative Sciences.
He was also a member of the board of directors of the Groome Center, a psychiatric facility at Sibley Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Rosen's survivors include his wife, the former Laura A. Friedman, of the home in Washington; daughter , Mary Else Salkever, of Baltimore; a son, Andrew W., of Long Beach, Calif., and three grandchildren.