Herbert Jacob, 63, professor of political science, died in his home Aug. 29  of cancer.
A former president of the Law and Society Association, Mr. Jacob made significant contributions to research on the inter-relationships of legal and political systems Ñ or "law in action."
"He was a broad, caring and careful scholar with an abiding commitment to understanding the roots and fibers of democracy," said Victor G. Rosenblum, Nathaniel Nathanson Professor at the School of Law.
The "The Law and Politics Book Review" that he started in 1991 is the first electronic journal in the social sciences. Mr. Jacob also was director of the Law & Social Science Program at the Center for Urban Affairs and Policy Research and was editor of the Center' new electronic journal, "NU Policy Research." "Over the spring quarter, he worked tirelessly on "NU Policy Research," said Fay Cook, CUAPR director.
Mr. Jacob's most influential works include "Debtors in Court: the Use of Court Services by Debtors," "Felony Justice," and "Politics in the American States." His most recent books include "Silent Revolution: The Transformation of Divorce Law in the United States" and "Courts, Law & Politics in Compar-ative Perspective."
Mr. Jacob left the University of Wisconsin in 1969 and began his career at Northwestern. Earlier he taught at Tulane University. He received an undergraduate degree from Harvard University (magna cum laude) in 1954 and a doctorate from Yale University in 1960.
Survivors include his wife Lynn Carp Jacob; three sons, Joel, David and M. Max Jacob; a daughter, Jenny Jacob Patterson; and a brother, Rabbi Walter Jacob.
A memorial service will be held on the Evanston campus in October .