David Matza died in Berkeley on March 14. He was a brilliant sociologist who taught in the Berkeley department from 1960 until he retired in 1992. He is best known for his books on deviance and delinquency, Delinquency and Drift (1964) and Becoming Deviant (1969). He will be remembered by his students and colleagues as a deeply engaged sociologist.   

I left Berkeley in 1971 to become Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington. In 2004 I accepted an appointment as Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences at Baylor University where I also serve as Co-Director of the Institute for Studies of Religion. I am well along on my 32nd book. For details: www.rodneystark.com

My 36 years in higher education have been an extraordinary personal experience. I have had the opportunity to build a strong relationship between my commitment to teaching undergraduates and my research, scholarship and community service. While much of my time has been spent in higher education administration, the teaching and research have always been extremely important.