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John D. Montgomery (February 15, 1920 - April 3, 2008) was a professor, author, and scholar. He was born in Evanston, IL but grew up in various places. He received his master's degree in Municipal Administration from Kalamazoo College before being drafted in 1942. In the Army, he reached the rank of second lieutenant before leaving for Japan during the occupation where he was a labor officer and adjunct to the administrative officer until 1946. After he left Japan, he studied Japanese history at Harvard. Montgomery went on to join Harvard's faculty in 1963, becoming a Professor Emeritus of International Studies. During his career, he has worked as an advisor to a variety of international development programs including the World Bank, the Department of Agriculture, UNESCO, and the Asian Center for Development Administration. In 1991, he was also inaugurated as the first director of the Pacific Basin Research Center. John D. Montgomery passed away on April 3, 2008 at the age of 88.