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Dominic Brewer Named Dean at NYU Steinhardt

Dom Brewer

Dominic Brewer


Congratulations to Dominic Brewer, who was recently named dean of New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. He will assume that role in September 2014.

Dom has been at the University of Southern California since 2005. Prior to that, he spent 11 years at RAND, including more than five as director of RAND Education. He was appointed a vice president at RAND in 2004.

During his time at RAND, Dom led major projects for the U.S. Department of Education, the National Center for Research in Vocational Education, and foundations. His research focused on, among others things, educational productivity and teacher incentives in both K–12 and higher education. He was a team leader for RAND’s education reform project in Qatar.

In an announcement on NYU’s website, the university’s president, John Sexton, wrote, “[Dom’s] expertise in education economics and public policy, his experience at the RAND Corporation, his immersion in educational policy, and his own global background make him an ideal candidate for the deanship of Steinhardt. But beyond his impressive CV, what most struck the Dean Search Committee … was his evident ability to deal with complexity, his thoughtful balance of the visionary and the pragmatic, his forthrightness and sense of humor, his confidence, and his highly strategic approach to the issues confronting Steinhardt.”

Arthur Raymond’s Posthumous Hall of Fame Induction

Arthur Raymond, father of the DC-1, DC-2 and DC-3, at his desk at Douglas.

Arthur Raymond, father of the DC-1, DC-2, and DC-3, at his desk at Douglas.

Photo courtesy Museum of Flight (David Hatfield Collection)

On June 7, the Museum of Flying in Santa Monica held its inaugural California Aviation Hall of Fame induction ceremony and dinner. Buzz Aldrin, Bob Hoover, Clay Lacy, and Frank Robinson were the inaugural inductees. The museum also established the Legacy Inductees, a special group comprising individuals whose achievements shaped the early aviation history in California. Among the 19 Legacy Inductees was Arthur Raymond, a chief engineer at Douglas Aircraft Company in Santa Monica, and a pivotal figure in the formation of Project RAND.

Arthur was among Project RAND’s founders—which also included H.H. “Hap” Arnold, the commanding general of the Army Air Forces; Edward Bowles of MIT; Donald Douglas and Franklin Collbohm, also of Douglas Aircraft; and others. As described in PAF 50, they “conceived of RAND as a way of retaining for the Air Force the considerable benefits of civilian scientific thinking that had just been been demonstrated during World War II.” Frank Collbohm was Arthur’s assistant at Douglas; he went on to direct Project RAND; and in 1948, when the project separated from Douglas and was incorporated as an independent, nonprofit organization, Frank became the RAND Corporation’s first president.

Arthur was best known for leading the team that designed the DC-3 airliner. He passed away in 1999, two days short of his 100th birthday.

Honoring Ted Warner

Dave Ochmanek and Ted Warner

Ted Warner and Dave Ochmanek at May 13 event

Cecile St. Julien

Ted Warner and Natalie Crawford

Natalie Crawford and Ted Warner at May 13 event

Cecile St. Julien

RAND recently published Challenges in U.S. National Security Policy: A Festschrift Honoring Edward L. (Ted) Warner. The volume was edited by David Ochmanek and Michael Sulmeyer. On May 13, a group of friends and admirers convened in Washington to celebrate the launch of the book.

Ted has enjoyed a long career as an educator, mentor, analyst, treaty negotiator, and more. The publication is a tribute from those who have worked with him over the decades. Among his many notable accomplishments, perhaps the most important has been the opportunity to mentor a substantial number of exceptionally talented individuals regarding various aspects of U.S. and Russian defense and arms control policy.

In addition to David and Michael, other contributors are James M. Acton, Michael Albertson, Alexei G. Arbatov, Elbridge A. Colby, Michèle A. Flournoy, Rose E. Gottemoeller, Andrew R. Hoehn, Christopher J. Lamb, James N. Miller, Eugene Rumer, James A. Schear, Walter B. Slocombe, and Dean A. Wilkening.

The volume is available as a free downloadable ebook. Hard copies are available for purchase as well.

RAND Plays Carnegie Hall

Hallie Day, Allison Elder, Jennifer Prim, Carole Carpenter, and Emmett Keeler at Carnegie Hall before the performance

Hallie Day, Allison Elder, Jennifer Prim, Carole Carpenter, and Emmett Keeler at Carnegie Hall before the performance.

Hallie Day, Allison Elder, Jennifer Prim, Carole Carpenter, and Emmett Keeler, five RAND members of the local Los Angeles choir Angel City Chorale, performed at New York's Carnegie Hall on April 13 in the world premiere of "The Drop That Contained the Sea," the latest work of Grammy-winning composer Christopher Tin. The choir, soloists, and orchestra came together with a powerful performance of the song cycle, and the audience responded with a lengthy standing ovation.

Angel City Chorale also participated in the CD recording of Tin's new work, which includes the London Royal Philharmonic, the Soweto Gospel Choir, and other renowned artists. The CD was released on May 8.

Angel City Chorale performed in the West Coast premiere of "The Drop That Contained the Sea" in Los Angeles as part of their spring concerts on June 7 and 8.

Pardee RAND Honors Charles Wolf
and Andrew Marshall

As part of the 2014 Commencement activities, the Pardee RAND Graduate School will honor two RAND researchers with distinguished careers in public policy.

Charles Wolf, Jr., the graduate school's founding dean (1970–1997), is a renowned economist, researcher, and educator, as well as an internationally esteemed advisor both in private industry and government service.

Early in his venerable career, Charles was a Foreign Service officer with the U.S. Department of State and taught economics and Asian and Far East studies at Cornell University and UC Berkeley. Later, in the mid-50s, he joined RAND, where he headed the Economics Department for more than a decade. His pathbreaking analyses of the postwar, booming Asian economies — especially the rise of Japan'™s economic might—have received praise for their clarity, insight, and balance. The government of Japan presented him with its highest honor for an academic, the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, saying he and his research helped promote the maturation of the U.S.–Japan relationship. The ceremonies for the Japanese award occurred at the office of the Foreign Ministry, followed by a reception with Emperor Akihito at the Imperial Palace.

Charles is a member of the American Economic Association, the Econometric Society, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London.

The school has established The Charles Wolf, Jr. Endowed Tribute Fund, which will allow colleagues and former students to pay tribute to this pivotal figure in the history of RAND and the graduate school, while also helping to ensure that future generations of Ph.D. candidates at Pardee RAND will get the training and tools to pursue the ideals he exemplifies.

Andrew Marshall

U.S. Department of Defense

Andrew W. Marshall will also be saluted for his remarkable, enduring legacy. Many have served the United States as national security researchers and policy advisors, but few can claim careers as long, influential, and distinguished as that of Andy. He began his career as a 28-year-old economist at RAND in 1949, shortly after its founding. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, he worked with others at RAND on such pressing issues as international nuclear strategy, developing an outside-the-box approach not only to solving problems but to thinking about the future. Andy has been serving more than 40 years as the director of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Office of Net Assessment—a position that many characterize as the Pentagon’s “futurist in chief,” and to which he has been appointed by every presidential administration since 1973. Featured in Foreign Policy’s 2012 list of Top 100 Global Thinkers, Andy continues to think “way, way outside” the box, pursuing a mind-boggling array of subjects ranging from a hot war with China to undersea robotics to melting polar icecaps. He has been a legendary mentor to generations of researchers and policy influencers.

The Andrew W. Marshall Scholarship Endowment, established by Donald Rumsfeld, commemorates Mr. Marshall’s intellectual curiosity and commitment to game-changing research. It will help Ph.D. candidates not only understand and tackle complex problems but also to anticipate—and to propose intelligent solutions—for challenges that have yet to surface.

To find out more about The Charles Wolf, Jr. Endowed Tribute Fund and the Andrew W. Marshall Scholarship Endowment, contact Maura Krah at 310.393.0411 x6505 or

Dedication of the Judith A. Larson Balcony

Plaque on Judy Larson Balcony

Plaque on the balcony

Diane Baldwin

Michael Rich speaking at the dedication

Michael Rich speaking at the dedication

Diane Baldwin

As reported in the March 2014 issue of the Alumni Bulletin, Judy Larson left an important legacy at RAND by making an unrestricted gift to RAND’s endowment through her estate. On June 17, friends and colleagues gathered to celebrate Judy and to recognize her legacy gift to RAND.

RAND’s president and CEO, Michael Rich, offered welcoming remarks and read out loud the newly installed plaque on the balcony that now bears her name: “Judy was dedicated to the effective communication of RAND’s work. She was meticulous, gracious, and graceful; crafted many a memorable song lyric; and was a supportive friend and colleague.” Natalie Crawford offered remarks as well and recited Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s A Psalm of Life.

Judy worked at RAND for more than 25 years. During her time at RAND, she was a communications analyst for both RAND Project AIR FORCE and the Arroyo Center; served from 1989 to 1993 as executive assistant to former RAND president Jim Thomson; and was a leader of the Research Communications Group. The Judith A. Larson Balcony is outside room 5401 at RAND’s headquarters campus in Santa Monica; those who were unable to attend the dedication but knew Judy and would like to visit the balcony on their next visit to Santa Monica can contact us at

For more information on estate planning and how your gift can make a difference, contact Naveena Ponnusamy, Executive Director, Development at or 1.800.757.4618.

Alumni Event Photos

Photos from the March 25 RAND Alumni event in Santa Monica, A Conversation with Karen Elliott House, and the June 5 RAND Alumni event in Washington, D.C., Ukraine, Russia, and the West: A Panel Discussion, are available online in the Members-Only section of the Alumni website.

Here we share a selection of the photos.

Ukraine, Russia, and the West

Photos by Dori Walker

A Conversation with Karen Elliott House

Photos by Diane Baldwin