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Rockefeller College Public Service Professor Thomas Constantine Dies

Former New York State Police Superintendent and longtime Rockefeller College Public Service Professor Thomas A. Constantine died Sunday, May 3 in Pinehurst, N.C.  He was 76.

Thomas Constantine had a long and distinguished career in law enforcement and public service. 

A native of Buffalo, N.Y., he joined the New York State Police as a uniformed trooper in 1962.  During his 34-year career with the State Police, he served in every uniformed and investigative capacity, rising to the rank of superintendent in 1986. 

In 1994, President Bill Clinton selected him to be administrator of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. For the next five years he directed a force of more than 8,000 agents in 56 countries, including Colombia, from which he received the Distinguished Service Medal for his work with its national police leading to the arrest of Cali drug cartel leaders.

In 2000, Constantine took on responsibilities that landed him squarely for four years in one of the world's most volatile conflicts as oversight commissioner for policing reform in Northern Ireland.

 In 2007, he was named senior adviser to the director at the U.S. Office of National Intelligence in Washington.

Constantine received his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York's College at Buffalo and a master's degree from the University at Albany.  He was a public service professor at Rockefeller College since 1999.

Thomas Constantine is survived by his wife of 55 years, Ruth, and their children, Patty Gatta of Scotia, Kevin Constantine of Melrose, Mass., Lisa Reale of Wilton, Kathy Constantine of Niskayuna, and Laura Jeczyk of Wilmington, Del. 

Services will be held this week from St. John the Evangelist Church in Schenectady, N.Y.

Read President Robert J. Jones's message to the University community on the passing of Thomas Constantine