Martin Meyerson, who in the 1960s and 1970s served as interim chancellor of the University of California at Berkeley and as president of the State University of New York at Buffalo and the University of Pennsylvania, died Saturday. Meyerson was widely regarded as a wise leader of complicated institutions in an era of protests and tight budgets. As a scholar, he was a leader in the field of urban planning. As an administrator, he was seen as a pioneer for Jewish academics, who had advanced as students and professors in American higher education, but who had not — prior to Meyerson — run major research universities. Meyerson was also known as a mentor to many who worked for him and who then went on to top positions in higher education, among them D. Bruce Johnstone (who led the SUNY system), Vartan Gregorian (president of Brown University and now of the Carnegie Corporation), the late James O. Freedman (who was president of the University of Iowa and Dartmouth College), Donald Stewart (who was president of Spelman College and the College Board), and Donald Langenberg (who was chancellor of the University System of Maryland).
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
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