University mourns the loss of Dr. John McAdams

Marquette University mourns the loss of Dr. John McAdams, associate professor of political science in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, who passed away Thursday, April 15. He was 75.

John taught American politics, public policy and voter behavior at Marquette for nearly 45 years. He was a globally known scholar of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, teaching a popular course on the topic. He published the book “JFK Assassination Logic: How to Think about Claims of Conspiracy” in 2011.

Additionally, John contributed to several publications and various journals including American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Sociological Quarterly, Political Behavior, the Policy Studies Journal and Law and Contemporary Problems. 

See his full obituary online.

With the difficult news of John’s passing, the campus community is reminded the university has support and resources available through Campus Ministry, the Counseling Center, the Faber Center and the Employee Assistance Program.

A visitation and funeral service will be held Sunday, April 25, at Northtown Church, 7000 N. 107th St., Milwaukee.

The visitation will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The service will follow at 4 p.m., with live remote viewing available on YouTube.

John’s family asks that in lieu of flowers, consider a contribution to Care Net Pregnancy Center of Milwaukee.

The Political Science Department is also working on a plan for the final weeks of two courses that were being taught by Dr. McAdams.

Please join the university in praying for John’s family, friends, colleagues and students.