Inis Claude

Dr. Inis Claude donates his papers to Hendrix

A recent donation by Dr. Inis Claude Jr. '42 to the Olin C. and Marjorie H. Bailey Library at Hendrix will students of international relations for years to come.
Claude said he gave his "papers" to the Bailey Library because of his career-long interest in and affection for Hendrix, and the hope that perhaps faculty and students might profit from looking over the published record of his work in the field of international relations. Works that he has donated include his published and unpublished papers, letters, book reviews and essays on topics such as foreign policy, international relations, the United Nations and politics in general.

"My contribution to the Library compromised a substantially complete collection of my books and monographs, chapters in books edited by others, journal articles and book reviews, as well as several files of lectures and other unpublished manuscripts," he said.
Claude agreed that one of his favorite items in that collection is Swords into Plowshares: The Problems and Progress of International Organization. This was Claude's first post-doctoral work of major dimensions and he said it was primarily responsible for opening up the professional opportunities that pushed his career along.

Claude is the Edward R. Stettinius Professor Emeritus of International Relations at the University of Virginia. The Stettinius Chair in International Relations was established at UVA by the family of Edward R. Stettinius, Jr., an alumnus and Secretary of State in the final months of Franklin D. Roosevelt's presidency and head of the U.S. delegation to the San Francisco Conference, founding the United Nations.
"I felt honored to hold that chair during my 20 years at UVA," Claude said. "It gave me the flexibility to take leaves for teaching and research at the University of Wales and at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The Emeritus part of my title gives me a gold parking sticker for the UVA grounds-free, if I can find a place!"

Claude received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University and received the Chase Prize there.  He has taught at Harvard, the University of Delaware, and the University of Michigan along with the University of Virginia.

Claude met his wife of almost 63 years at Hendrix, Marie Stapleton '43, and said it gave him exposure to a collection of expert and genuinely dedicated teachers, never matched in his later experience, and the ambition to emulate them.

"Hendrix gave me the broad beginnings of an education in the liberal arts, notable in music and art, and inspired a commitment to lifelong enjoyment of learning, listening and looking," he said.

Claude has been honored with numerous awards over the years. He was named a Distinguished Alumnus of Hendrix College in 1968, and was among the first group of alumni to receive a Hendrix Odyssey Medal in 2004. He received a "Distinguished Professor Award" from UVA, and, his book Power and International Relations earned him the Woodrow Wilson Award for the best book in political science from the American Political Science in 1962. In 2000 in Oslo, the Academic Council on the United Nations System presented him with an "Honorable Achievement Award for Distinguished Contribution to the International Community" for his life's work. In 2001, a Turkish doctoral student at UVA wrote his dissertation on "Inis L. Claude, Jr. and World Order: A Pragmatic Liberal Approach," a study of his published works.

Claude's retirement is an active one. He enjoys spending time with his family, including three children and several grandchildren.
Every Wednesday (with a few snowy/icy exceptions) Claude and his wife Marie put on their hiking boots and hit the trail. Since 1989, they have been active members of a hiking group that spends most of its time on the Appalachian Trail in the Blue Ridge Mountains, In 2005, Claude was named leader of this group of hikers after its previous leader retired at age 90.

"Marie and I now live in a great retirement community on the edge of Charlottesville, where life is good and full of interesting activities," he said. "We enjoy studying the wildflowers on our hikes and being retired gardeners. I work one morning a week as a reader at the local studio of Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, as I have done for 17 years or so. I also make latch hook rugs when we watch TV. And we get to Hendrix for visits when we can!"