February 25, 1916 - February 28, 1991
Rheinhard Bendix was born in Berlin, the son of Ludwig Bendix. The University of Albany, which holds a collection of Bendix papers, reports that Bendix was a member of an anti-Nazi underground organization. He immigrated to the United States in 1938, where he received undergraduate at the University of Chicago, followed by graduate studies in sociology with Charles Merriam, also at the University of Chicago. His extensive publications included books and articles on Max Weber and Karl Marx, German-Jewish life, bureaucracy, political sociology, and other topics.
Bendix was elected to serve as the 61st President of the American Sociological Association. His Presidential Address entitled "Sociology and the Distrust of Reason," was delivered at the Association's Annual Meeting on August 31, 1970 in Washington, DC. Following the meeting, his address was published in the October 1970 issue of the American Sociological Review (ASR Vol 35 No 5, pp 831-843).