- Curtis W. Tarr
Curtis W. Tarr Born September 18, 1924
Occupation Academician, administrator, advisor
Curtis William Tarr (born September 18, 1924) was the seventh dean of the S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University and the twelfth president of Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. Tarr took his B.A. from Leland Stanford Jr. University, his M.B.A. from Harvard University and returned to Stanford to earn his Ph.D. in American history.
Tarr served in the United States Army during the Second World War and began his academic career as a lecturer and assistant dean of humanities at Stanford. In 1960, he ran unsuccessfully as a Republican candidate, California 2nd District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Between 1963 and 1969, He was President, Lawrence University. He negotiated Lawrence’s merger with Milwaukee-Downer College, increasing the endowment from $7,000,000 to $20,000,000. Toward the end of his Lawrence presidential term, he negotiated Vietnam-era tensions, creating the Lawrence University Community Council in 1968. Tarr returned to government service in 1969, as an Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Manpower and Reserve Affairs; Director of the Selective Service System when the draft was controversial. And then he served as Under Secretary of State for Security Assistance and Acting Deputy Under Secretary of State for Management.
After his second phase of government service, Tarr was vice president for management development at Deere & Company, Moline, Illinois, a farm equipment manufacturer, until 1984, when he was selected to be Dean of the Johnson School, succeeding David A. Thomas.
Curtis Tarr is author of the recent “Private Soldier: Life in the Army from 1943-1946” and of numerous articles in professional journals, including “Air University Review.” The Curtis Tarr Scholarship of the Johnson School, a two year merit-based award, is named in his honor.
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