John Orman, Conn. professor
TRUMBULL, Conn. - John Orman, the Fairfield University professor who seized control of the political party that US Senator Joe Lieberman created to help him win reelection in 2006, died unexpectedly Sunday night. He was 60 and chairman of the Jesuit university’s department of politics.
“The suddenness of his passing is especially difficult to grasp because of the vibrancy with which he lived his life,’’ said the Rev. Jeffrey von Arx, Fairfield’s president.
Dr. Orman, who had taught at Fairfield since 1978, was one of the school’s best-known professors, often quoted in state and national news media on various political matters. He also garnered attention for his own political activities, saying he wanted to prove to his students the importance of getting involved in politics.
“Even though it’s a blowout, it still makes the American political process possible,’’ Dr. Orman said in a 2004 Associated Press article about the motivations of dark horse candidates. “Without it, it would just be ridiculous. I give these people a lot of credit.’’