Political scientist, university professor. Born– December 29, 1915, in Runge, Tex. Parents– David York and Berta (Young) Willbern. Education– Southwestern Texas State College, A.B., 1934; University of Texas, A.M., 1938; Ph.D., 1943. Married– Johnne Bryant, December 25, 1937. Children– Two.  Military service:  Army Air Force, World War II.  Taught high school in Texas, 1939-1942; North Texas State College, 1942-1943; University of Alabama, 1946-1957 (head of the Department of Political Science); Indiana University, 1957-1981; Professor of Government and Director of the Bureau of Government Research.  Editor-in-chief, Public Adminstration Review, 1956-1958. Visiting professor at Duke, Columbia, Syracuse, University of Texas, Lewis and Clark, Portland State, and Victoria University in New Zealand. Chaired the administrative committee of the Southern Regional Training Program for Public Administration, 1949-1957; director, urban observation project, National League of Cities, 1968-1974; chaired, Indiana Housing Board, 1975-1977.  Member of many professional organizations. Died April 13, 2007.


Who’s Who in America, 1982-1983; University of Indiana website


Cities and Riverfront Lands. University, Ala.; Bureau of Public Administration, 1947.

Unigov; Local Government Reorganization in Indianapolis. S.l.; s.l., 197-.

The Withering Away of the City. University, Ala.; University of Alabama Press, 1964.

Joint Publication(s):

Growth and Change at Indiana University; Report of the University Study Committee. Bloomington, Ind.; Indiana University Study Committee, 1966.


Technical Assistance to Alabama Governments; a Directory, 1949. University, Ala.; s.n., 1949.


Public Administration and Policy Formation; Studies in Oil, Gas, Banking, River Development and Corporate Investigations. Austin, Tex.; University of Texas, 1956.

Metropolitan Issues–Social, Governmental, Fiscal; Background Papers for the Third Annual Faculty Seminar on Metropolitan Research, August 20-30, 1961. Syracuse, N.Y.; Maxwell Graduate School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, 1962.


The Papers of York Willbern are held by the Archives Department of the Library at the University of Indiana, Bloomington.