Professor, university administrator. Born– March 14, 1917, in Savannah, Ga. Parents– Richard Willis and Virginia Lord (Nesbet) Heard. Education– University of North Carolina, A.B., 1938; Columbia University, M.A., 1948; Ph.D., 1951. Married– Laura Jean Keller on June 17, 1949. Children– Four. Served as editor for the Historical Records Survey of Georgia, WPA, 1938-1939; research assistant, Indian Service in New Mexico, 1938-1941; vice-consul, Quito, Ecuador, 1941-1943; U.S. naval officer, 1943-1946; research associate Bureau of Public Administration, University of Alabama, 1946-1949; professor and dean, Graduate School, University of North Carolina, 1950-1963; professor and chancellor, Vanderbilt University, 1963-1982. Served on the U.S. Advisory Commission in Governmental Relations and Kennedy’s Commission on Campaign Cost, serving as Chairman. Member of Phi Beta Kappa, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American and Southern Political Science Associations. Contributed to periodicals, Encyclopedia Britannica, Colliers Encyclopedia, and International Encyclopedia of Social Sciences. Died July 23, 2009.


Contemporary Authors, Vol. 17R.


The Cost of Democracy. Chapel Hill, N.C.; University of North Carolina Press, 1960.

The Lost Years in Graduate Education. Atlanta; Southern Regional Education Board, 1963.

Money and Politics. New York; Public Affairs Committee, 1956.

A Two-Party South? Chapel Hill, N.C.; University of North Carolina Press, 1952.


Bipartisan Political Fund Raising; Two Experiments in 1964. Princeton, N.J.; Citizens’ Research Foundation, 1967.

The Quality of Life in the Year 2000; …. Princeton, N.J.; Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies, Program in International Affairs, 1977.

Southern Politics in State and Nation. Knoxville, Tenn.; University of Tennessee Press, 1977.


State Legislatures in American Politics. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.; Prentice-Hall, 1966.