The Conley Dillon Committee and Friends established the Conley H. Dillon Memorial Award in 1990 to support a deserving doctoral student in the Department of Government and Politics in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences.
Dr. Conley Hall Dillon was born in Rome, Ohio. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia and his doctorate in public administration from Duke University. In 1934, Dr. Dillon became a faculty member at Marshall University. He remained there until 1960, except for a brief three-year term with the Office of Price Stabilization during the Korean War. Beginning in 1960, Dr. Marshall joined the University of Maryland faculty, teaching international law and public administration. He retired from the University in 1977 as a professor emeritus. During his lifetime, Dr. Dillon was published numerous times in professional journals and served as a consultant on international law to a several government agencies and other organizations. He was also a past president of the American Society for Public Administration. He passed away on June 26, 1987 at the age of 80.
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