Political scientist; University professor. Born– November 25, 1921, Birmingham. Parents– James Robert and Lynia Esther (Vines) Abernathy. Married– Nancy Katherine Perry, September 6, 1949. Children– Three. Education– Birmingham Southern College, B.S., 1942; University of Alabama, M.A., 1947; University of Wisconsin, Ph.D., 1953. Served with the U.S. Army Air Force, 1942-1946; reached rank of captain.  Taught political science at the University of Alabama, 1948-1949;  at the University of South Carolina 1951-1986.  Director of the Bureau of Governmental Research at USC, 1972-86.  Member Southern Political Science Association; American Political Science Association; American Association of University Professors.  Received the Russell Award for Creative Research, University of South Carolina, 1963; awarded emeritus status, 1986.  Died June 5, 1990.


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