Joseph A. Schlesinger

Age 93, of East Lansing, MI, passed away June 25, 2015. Joseph was born January 4, 1922, in Boston, MA, son of the late Monroe and Millie Schlesinger. He served in the U.S. Army and retired as a distinguished political science professor at Michigan State University.

Joseph is survived by his wife Mildred, his son and daughter, and many other family members, friends and colleagues.

The funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, at Congregation Shaarey Zedek, 1924 Coolidge Rd., East Lansing, with Rabbi Amy B. Bigman officiating. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger.

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David Winder
June 27, 2015 at 8:43 pm

Joseph Schlesinger was my major professor at Michigan State University. He was my mentor and had much to do with my career as a political science professor. He was very helpful and supportive in my efforts to develop a topic for my dissertation and eventually finish the dissertation. He was a professor who took a personal interest in me and in other students. He gave his time freely to develop students. In addition, he was a national leader in his research area. I will miss him.

James Piereson
August 11, 2015 at 3:10 pm

Joseph Schlesinger was one of my mentors as a graduate student at Michigan State in the early 1970s. I took many a course from him during those years, and he was a member of my dissertation committee. He was a pillar in the department throughout that period. I admired his thoughtfulness and professionalism, and wide learning. I was fortunate to have encountered him at that time. I was sorry to hear of his passing. RIP


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