Russell R. Dynes, an early pioneer in the field of disaster research and co-founder of the University of Delaware’s Disaster Research Center (DRC), passed away Feb. 10, 2019. He was 95.
Professor emeritus of sociology, Dr. Dynes came to Delaware in 1982, serving as chair of the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice until 1988. During his tenure as chair, the DRC and the late Enrico Quarantelli moved to UD from Ohio State University. In 1963, Dr. Dynes and Dr. Quarantelli founded the DRC there, focusing on social science aspects of disasters. The center’s work became internationally known and developed cooperative relations with scholars around the world.