John P. Roche served as an consultant to Presidents John F. Kennedy and special advisor to President Lyndon B. Johnson from 1966 to 1968. He was a prolific author of books and articles and a a syndicated columnist. His best known academic work was "The Founding Fathers, a Reform Caucus in Action," which was printed by the American Political Science Review. Among his books were "Courts and Rights" (1961), "The Quest for the Dream: Civil Liberties in Modern America" (1963), "Shadow and Substance: Studies in the Theory and Structure of Politics" (1964), and "Sentenced to Life: Reflections on Politics, Education and Law" (1974). He was a professor emeritus at Tufts University. He taught at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy from 1973 until his retirement in 1993. He wa a native of Brooklyn, New York, and received his degree from Hofstra University in 1943 and earned aPh.D from MIT and the University of Chicago.