Professor James R. Soles (1935-2010)

A Horizontal Rule

Professor Soles joined the Department of Political Science and International Relations in 1968 and taught courses specializing in American government and public law until he retired in 2002. He received his undergraduate and master's degrees from Florida State University and his doctorate in government from the University of Virginia

Twice a recipient of the University of Delaware’s Excellence in Teaching Award and a winner of the University’s Excellence in Advising Award, he was named the University’s first Alumni Distinguished Professor created to recognize outstanding teaching and mentoring. He was named a Danforth Associate, selected as an American Council on Education Fellow, and chosen as a Salzburg Seminar Fellow, and also served as Chair of the Department of Political Science and International Relations. He is also the recipient of the Liberty Bell Award from the Delaware State Bar Association, the Del Tufo Award for Distinguished Service to the Humanities from the Delaware Humanities Forum, and the University of Delaware’s Medal of Distinction for his lifelong personal contribution to public service and the encouragement of hundreds of his former students to pursue public service. Professor Soles was the co-author of The Government of Delaware and co-producer of the WCAU-TV series Delaware: The First State, and has written in the areas of constitutional law and politics, Delaware government, and higher education. Shortly before Professor Soles retired from the University of Delaware in 2002, many of his former students and colleagues created and contributed to the James R. Soles Citizenship Endowment.

Professor Soles’s most enduring legacy has been his extraordinary impact on the lives of thousands of UD students whom he taught and advised during his long career, hundreds of whom have served or continue to serve the public and their communities in Delaware, Washington, DC, and other states throughout the United States. Here are some comments from a few of his former students:

Three times elected Delaware Attorney General and now a judge in Delaware’s Superior Court, the Honorable Jane Brady:

The Honorable William B. Chandler III, the Chancellor of Delaware’s distinguished Chancery Court:

Charles Lewis, former “60 Minutes” producer, founder of the Center for Public Integrity in Washington DC as well as the Fund for Independence in Journalism, and now Distinguished Journalist in Residence at American University: