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Luther Halsey Gulick, Japanese government administrator. Recipient Butler medal Columbia University, 1939, gold medal National Planning Association, 1964, citations American Society Public Administration, 1964, National Municipal League, 1964, International City Managers Association, 1966, National Recreation Association, 1972, Gruenberg award Governmental Research Association, 1978; named Young Man of Year, New York, 1954.


Luther Halsey Gulick was born January 17, 1892 in Osaka, Japan. His father was congregationalist missionary Sidney Lewis Gulick (1860–1945) and his mother was Clara May (Fisher) Gulick.


AB, Oberlin College, 1914. AM, Oberlin College, 1915. Doctor of Letters (honorary), Oberlin College, 1939.

Doctor of Philosophy, Columbia University, 1920. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Whitman College, 1952. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Columbia University, 1954.


Secretary Joint Special Committee on Budget, Massachusetts General Courtassistant chief of section, Council National Defense, World War Iformer staff member in public finance and taxation, New York Bureau Municipal Researchdirector, New York Bureau Municipal Research, 1920-1921;city administrator, New York City, 1954-1956;president, National Institute Public Administrn., 1921-1931;with, Institute Public Administrn., 1921-1962; chairman of the board of trustees, Institute Public Administrn., 1962-1982. Counsel research staff legislation committees and tax departments various states. Eatonprof. municipal science and administration Columbia University, 1931-1942.

Lecturer variousunivs. and profl organizations including National Recreation Association, American Political Science Association, American Society Public Administration. Director Commission Inquiry on Public Svc. Pers., 1933-1936; member President's Committee Administrative Management, 1935-1938.

Consultant chief of staff War Department, 1940-1942. Staff War Production Board, 1940-1944. Assistant to director Smaller War Plants Corporation, 1943-1944.

Consultant numerous governmental agys., administrator various governmental organizations for research and investigation, during and following World World War II. Member of staff United States Reparations Mission, Moscow, Potsdam, Tokyo, Manila, 1945, Paris, Brussels, Nuremberg, Vienna, 1946. Consultant foreign goverments and United Nations, 1953-1972, Committee Economics Development.


  • Among many other accomplishments in the field of public administration, Gulick is perhaps best known for the functions of the executive represented in the acronym PODSCORB (or POSDCORB depending on the source).



Trustee Oberlin College, 1940-1948, National Recreation Association, National Audubon Society, National Planning Association 1st lieutenant United States Army. Member American Political Science Association (president 1953), American Society Public Administration (past president), University Club, Greensboro Yacht Club, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Beta Kappa.


Married Helen McKelvey Swift, 1917 (deceased 1969). Children: Clarence Swift, Luther Halsey. Married Carol Willis Moffett, 1970 (deceased 1989).

Sidney Lewis Gulick

Cara M. (Fisher) Gulick

Helen McKelvey Swift

Carol Willis Moffett

Clarence Swift Gulick

Luther Halsey Gulick