An award-winning teacher and writer, Dr. Paul Wice was an expert in constitutional law, criminal justice and urban studies.
Paul was born in Washington D.C. on April 7, 1942, and lived in the Petworth neighborhood of D.C. until 1957. His memoir of this time, the forthcoming "Washington's Forgotten Revolution: An Eyewitness Account," deals with the tumultuous racial transformation of our nation's capital. Graduating from Wheaton High School in Silver Spring, Md., Paul went to college at Bucknell University and graduated in 1964. After receiving his M.A. from American University in 1966, he earned his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Illinois at Urbana in 1972.
Dr. Wice began his teaching career as an assistant professor at Washington and Jefferson College. In 1976, he was named a visiting fellow at the National Institute of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice with the U.S. Department of Justice. He moved to New Jersey in 1978 to join the political science department at Drew University in Madison, where he would receive a full professorship in 1987, and a Distinguished Teacher and Scholar Award (Presidential Citation) in 1988. In 1985, he served as a scholar in residence for the New Jersey judicial system.
He was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award by the New Jersey Department of Higher Education in 1989. He was a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society at the University of California, Berkeley in 1996. He earned the New Jersey Author's Award for his book "Rubin "Hurricane" Carter and the American Justice System" (Rutgers University Press, 2000) in 2001. Dr. Wice was a gifted writer whose strength in teaching illuminated the complex subject matter of his 11 books. His final book, published in 2008, is "Presidents in Retirement: Alone and Out of Office" (Lexington Books).
After struggling with heart disease, Dr. Wice was the recipient of a heart transplant in December of 2007. This life-saving operation gave him the opportunity to witness the successes of his three children: Sara Emily Wice graduated from high school and entered Louisiana State University, Matthew Paul Wice completed three years of intensive language study and English-teaching in Japan, and Andrew David Wice had his novel, "To The Last Drop" (Bauu Press, 2008), published. After a short fight with melanoma, Dr. Wice died peacefully on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009, in the embrace of his three loving children.