Bryce Wood, age 76, died of cancer on January 23, 1986 at the Georgetown University Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Kay, of Annandale, Virginia and his son, Richard, of Vancouver, Washington. Lost to the Latin American history profession is a lifelong scholar and a long-time research administrator.

Bryce was born in Everett, Washington on March 13, 1909. He received his B.A. from Reed College in 1931 and his M.A., also from Reed, in 1933. His Ph.D., in political science, was awarded by Columbia University in 1942. His interest in Latin America was kindled when he served as senior administrative assistant, U. S. Department of State, in Washington, D.C. during World War II (1942–43). He served as assistant professor on the Swarthmore College faculty during 1943–49.

In 1949, Bryce began his principal career as executive associate of the Social Science Research Council in New York City. For the next quarter century, he aggressively promoted Latin American research by awarding grants and fellowships to promising young scholars, and by sponsoring research conferences and seminars in the United States and Latin America.

During the 1950s and 1960s, he somehow found the time and energy to do pioneering research on the history of the Good Neighbor Policy. Teachers and students of Inter-American relations will always be indebted to him for his seminal Making of the Good Neighbor Policy (1961) and his United States and Latin American Wars, 1932-1942 (1966).

When Bryce retired from the SSRC in 1973, there was no flagging of his Latin American research interests. Moving to Washington, D.C. to be close to the National Archives, he spent his last 13 years devoted to scholarship. Two more books were the result: Aggression and History: The Case of Ecuador and Peru (1978) and The Dismantling of the Good Neighbor Policy (1985), just before his death. During this “retirement” period, he served on the Board of Editors of the Journal of Latin American Studies and on the Advisory Board of the Handbook of Latin American Studies. He was an active lifelong member of CLAH and LASA.

A liberal democrat, Bryce was ever a strong and effective advocate of the principles of nonintervention.

Selected Bibliography

Selected Bibliography
Peaceful Change and the Colonial Problem
(
New York
,
1940
).
The Brazilian Civil Service
” (with Morstein Fritz),
Inter-American Quarterly
,
2
:
4
(
Oct.
1940
),
42
-
63
.
U. S. Trade Ties with Latin America
” (with de Wilde J. C.),
Foreign Policy Association Reports
(
Dec.
1
,
1941
),
222
-
232
.
The Department of State and the Non-national Interest: The Cases of Argentine Meat and Paraguayan Tea
,”),
Inter-American Economic Affairs
,
15
:
2
(Autumn
1961
),
3
-
32
.
The Making of the Good Neighbor Policy
(
New York
,
1961
).
External Restraints on the Good Neighbor Policy
,”,
Inter-American Economic Affairs
,
16
:
2
(Autumn
1962
),
3
-
24
.
Inter-American Conference on Research and Training in Economics
(editor) (
New York
,
1962
).
Latin America and the United Nations
” (with Minerva Morales M.),
World Peace Foundation
,
19
:
3
(Summer
1965
),
714
-
727
.
The United States and Latin American Wars, 1932-1942
(
New York
,
1966
).
Social Science in Latin America
(co-editor with Júnior Manuel Diégues).
Papers presented at the Conference on Latin American Studies, in Rio de Janeiro
,
March 29-31, 1965
(
New York
, 1967).
Self-Plagiarism and Foreign Policy
,”
Latin American Research Review
,
3
:
3
(Summer
1968
),
184
-
191
.
How Wars End in Latin America
,”
Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
,
392
(
Nov.
1972
),
40
-
50
.
Scholarly Exchanges between Latin America and the United States
,”
Proceedings of the Academy of Political Science
,
30
:
4
(
1972
),
123
-
140
.
Aggression and History: The Case of Ecuador and Peru
(
Ann Arbor
,
1978
).
The Organization of American States
,”
The Yearbook of World Affairs
(
1979
).
148
-
167
.
The End of the Good Neighbor Policy: Changing Patterns of U.S. Influence
,”
Caribbean Review
,
11
:
2
(Spring
1982
),
25
-
27
,
54
.
The Dismantling of the Good Neighbor Policy
(Austin,
1985
).