Stuart I. Rochester (November 24, 1945 – July 29, 2009) was the chief historian for the United States Office of the Secretary of Defense and author and co-author of several books, including a notable account on American prisoners of war in Southeast Asia. Rochester was also an authority on the comparative national defense policies of post-World War II presidential administrations.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland on November 24, 1945, Stuart Rochester received an undergraduate degree from Loyola College in Maryland and master's and doctorate degrees in history from the University of Virginia. He was named to the Phi Beta Kappa Society.
Dr. Rochester taught at Loyola College in the 1970s before going to work at the Pentagon's office of history within the Department of Defense. Dr. Rochester became deputy historian of the Office of the Secretary of Defense in 1987 and chief historian in 2008.
Dr. Rochester's book, Honor Bound: American Prisoners of War in Southeast Asia,