It is With Great Sadness We Announce the Passing of Prof. Swearingen
Dr. Arthur "Rodger" Swearingen, PhD, Captain, US Army, 1943-46. In 1943, Rodger Swearingen left college after two years to enlist in the US Army as an offices in the intelligence Corps. He attended the Army Intensive Japanese Langauge School as well as the Intelligence Service Language School. He then was assigned as a Prisoner of War Interrogator in the Counter Intelligence Section of G-2 General Headquarters Armed Forces Pacific Theater. He became one of General Douglas MacArthur's top aides. Roder was with MacArthur on the USS Missouri when Japan surrendered in September, 1945. He remained with G-2 in Japan during the Occupation until his discharge in August, 1946, playing a key role in Intelligence and policy matters with staff. Upon his discharge, he was awarded with the Army of Occupation Medal (Japan), Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, American Campaign Medal, and the WWII Victory medal.
In 1946, he returned to the University of Southern California to finish his undergraduate degree, and his MA in 1948 in International Relations. He then attended Harvard University, where he had a fellowship at the Russian Research Center earning his PhD in 1950, and where he became friends with another graduate students named Henry Kissinger. He returned to USC SIR in 1954 as an assistant professor, where he created the field of Soviet policy and world communism in the school. He taugh courses and seminars on the subject until his retirement in 1993. During the 1960s, Searingen created and directed the USC Research Institute on Communist Strategy and Propaganda.
Rodger and his wife, Darlene, resided in Newport Beach, where they kept active in their respective fields of international relations and eucation and as members of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church.